We know that to create change, we need to work together. That’s why we started Parachute Vision Zero.
In Canada, Vision Zero road safety initiatives are emerging from coast to coast. This is a turning point for road safety in Canada and Parachute has responded to stakeholder needs to create Parachute Vision Zero, a network that brings key players together across sectors, shares current knowledge and best practices, draws attention and access to the importance of data and evidence, and provides access to valuable resources to build capacity. The resources here are for network members, and others, to use in their work.
To learn when new resources are added, and to connect to other road safety professionals in Canada, sign up to join the network. You’ll receive Word on the Street, our quarterly e-newsletter, and learn about new resources, opportunities and developments in the Vision Zero space.
Latest resources: January 2023
- Webinar recording: Equity in Vision Zero and road safety
- Blog posting: The role of equity in road safety and mobility interventions
- Infographic: Are you thinking about…Equity?
Change for Good Roads podcast
Map of Vision Zero adoption
Videos and webinars
Vulnerable Road User (VRU) Safety Resources Repository
Why adopt Vision Zero
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Road safety plans
A collection of national, provincial and municipal road safety plans that endorse a Safe Systems approach and aim toward zero injuries and fatalities.
Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025
P.E.I. Road Safety Strategy 2015: Toward Zero Tolerance
The Prince Edward Island Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) developed the Road Safety Strategy 2015 (TIR RSS) to guide initiatives within the department and to support Canada’s commitment to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The major objectives of the TIR RSS 2015 are to raise awareness of road safety on Prince Edward Island, to work towards safer journeys for all road users, and to promote TIRs best practices toward these efforts.
Region of Peel Vision Zero Road Safety Strategic Plan 2018-2022
The Region of Peel developed a Road Safety Strategic Plan to address the approximate 1000 annual roadway collisions on Regional roads that result in injury or death. The plan aims to address a number of priorities outlined in the Region of Peel’s 2015-2035 Strategic Plan by promoting healthy and age-friendly built environments and building a community that promotes safe mobility, walkability, healthy living and various modes of transportation.
Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan 2017-2021
The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive five year (2017-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With over 50 safety measures across our six emphasis areas, the Plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road users, through a range of initiatives.
London, Ontario Road Safety
Edmonton Safe Mobility Strategy 2021-2025
Calgary Safety Mobility Plan 2019-2023
B.C. Road Safety Strategy 2025
Adopting Vision Zero
These resources will help you guide the implementation of road safety initiatives focusing on road users, road infrastructure and vehicles for those who are thinking about adopting Vision Zero.
Making a Vision Zero commitment in Canada (2020)
This paper, developed with generous support from Desjardins, provides national thought leadership on a practical implementation of Vision Zero in Canada. It briefly summarizes the roots of Vision Zero and the current status of Vision Zero across Canada. It also provides a high-level review of Vision Zero and road safety frameworks from Canada and internationally. By using an injury-prevention approach based in public health theory, the paper provides information not only on Vision-Zero-specific implementation but will also address the contextual factors that impact these efforts, such as community readiness. Tools created by Parachute and links to other tools supplement the paper by providing useful resources that address the needs of stakeholders at all stages of their Vision Zero commitment.
23.02 MB PDF/UA
Making a Vision Zero Commitment in Canada presentation template
Parachute has developed a customizable Powerpoint presentation for local champions to use with senior policy makers to move Vision Zero forward, whether they are in the pre-adoption or adoption stage.
The presentation includes:
- Background of Vision Zero and its importance
- Tools for implementation
- The stages of becoming a successful Vision Zero jurisdiction
4.49 MB PowerPoint
Indicators of a Vision Zero community
Becoming a Vision Zero community
Vision Zero: A toolkit for road safety in the modern era (2017)
This article considers the applicability of Vision Zero to real-world traffic-infrastructure is looked at to show the toolkits available for policymakers to increase road safety in a local context.
Applications of these principles to real-world traffic infrastructure are explored in order to show policymakers the toolkits available to increase road safety while taking into consideration local contexts.
9 Components of a Strong Vision Zero Commitment
Making a Vision Zero plan
These tools and resources will help you implement road safety initiatives focusing on road users, road infrastructure and vehicle for those in the process of making a Vision Zero plan.
Sustainable and Safe: A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths (2018)
Core Elements for Vision Zero Communities (2018)
This resource was designed to help communities set out their Vision Zero priorities, create meaningful results related to road safety, and compare their progress to best practices. The resource encourages leaders to focus on the most effective actions and will help to hold them accountable to the commitment made to Vision Zero.
Vision Zero: Principles and checklist for effective adoption (2015)
Based on an environmental scan, this document outlines principles of Vision Zero and provides a comprehensive checklist that municipalities can use when implementing their own Vision Zero plan.
Vision, Strategies, Action: Guidelines for an Effective Vision Zero Action Plan (2017)
Evaluating a Vision Zero plan
If you already have implemented a Vision Zero plan, these tools provide a framework to evaluate your progress.
Complete Streets Evaluation tool (2015)
The Complete Streets Evaluation Tool is comprised of 21 performance indicators that are aimed at helping municipalities assess the effectiveness of their Complete Streets projects. The indicators are organized within four broad goals: (1) active transportation, (2) level of safety, (3) level of service, (4) surrounding environment.
Read about Vision Zero in countries beyond Canada.
The Vision Zero Handbook
Australia’s Safe System approach
Sweden’s Vision Zero initiative
The U.S. Vision Zero Network
The Netherland’s SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research
Safer Journeys New Zealand
Parachute produced reports
Change for Good Roads – An intersectoral approach to urban road safety (2022)
Factors that impact driving behaviour in young drivers and promising practices for young driver engagement (2022)
This report summarizes findings from a literature review and environmental scan on: factors that impact driving behaviour in young people; youth engagement and partnership strategies in health promotion and injury prevention programming; and tools and platforms used to engage young people in health promotion and injury prevention programming.
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Change the language, change perceptions: how we talk about road collisions (2021)
For many years, road safety advocates have argued it’s inaccurate to use the word “accident”to describe road collisions because that implies nothing could be done to prevent them. Thanks to advocacy by Parachute, the Canadian Press now has made this change to its Caps and Spelling style manual. Under the word “accident”it now reads: “avoid in reference to motor vehicles; prefer crash or collision.” A change in Canadian Press style means an enforceable change in language used in news coverage across the country.
Read the report detailing how we achieved this policy change and our plans for future advocacy.
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Safety group calling for limit on how fast cars can travel as road deaths rise
CTV News Toronto — December 31, 2021
The limit’s 100 km/h. So why should any new car let you go twice that?
Toronto Star — December 29, 2021
Most Canadians don’t support reducing speed limits, even if it would improve road safety: survey
www.insauga.com — May 28, 2021
Nearly all Canadians want safer roads, but fewer are willing to embrace proven measures to make that happen
May 27, 2021
Road traffic injury during the #COVID19 pandemic: Cured or a continued threat?
University of Toronto Journal of Public Health — January 4, 2021
Learn how Canadian jurisdictions can make their Vision Zero commitment
February 26, 2020
CEO Pamela Fuselli interviewed at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm
Ottawa Citizen — February 21, 2020
Comment rendre les intersections plus sécuritaires pour les piétons? (How to make the intersections safer for pedestrians?)
Radio-Canada — January 24, 2020
Interim CEO Pamela Fuselli on Vision Zero: Would it work in Ottawa?
Ottawa Citizen — July 27, 2019
Parachute VP Pamela Fuselli on “The Road to Vision Zero”
TVO The Agenda with Steve Paikin — March 6, 2018
TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin panel discussion on distracted driving
TVO — September 27, 2016