A future with zero serious injuries or deaths on our roads.
Vision Zero is a multi-national traffic safety initiative, founded in Sweden in the late 1990s. It’s based on the philosophy that no one should be killed or seriously injured within the road transport system. Ultimately, the main goal of Vision Zero is to achieve zero fatalities or serious injuries on the road.
In 2022, Parachute has launched a national awareness campaign based on Vision Zero principles that calls on Canadians to #ShareSafeRoads: we need to accommodate all road users and build safe road systems for them to use.
Over 2022, Bell Media is supporting this campaign through donated TV airtime on its networks and stations, and we’ll share campaign videos, which you can find in the resources section below on this page, on social media.
We acknowledge Transport Canada for providing funding for this initiative.
Parachute’s national leadership in Vision Zero
In Canada, Parachute has taken the national lead to co-ordinate and share best practices among all the municipalities and communities seeking to improve road safety. On social media, we use the hashtag #ParachuteVZ to share information and encourage public support of Vision Zero.
Parachute Vision Zero works to:
- Create and disseminate evidence-based Vision Zero resources and best practices in road safety.
- Support urban and rural jurisdictions in their understanding and adoption of Vision Zero.
- Connect key road safety stakeholders to increase the overall awareness and effectiveness of the Vision Zero approach.
- Support data-driven approaches to road safety.
Why Canada needs Vision Zero
In 2020, transport incident injuries led to:
- 1,745 Canadians killed on our roads
- 7,868 seriously injured on our roads in Canada
- 316 pedestrians and cyclists killed
Transport incident injuries cost $3.6 billion a year.
Speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving
- Speeding was a factor in 28.8% of teen driver fatalities, according to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation
- 21 per cent of fatal crashes and 27 per cent of serious injury collisions involved distraction, according to Transport Canada
- Four Canadians die, on average, each day in collisions involving drugs or alcohol, as reported by MADD
International results for Vision Zero
Sweden made a Vision Zero commitment more than 20 years ago and, as a result:
- Traffic deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in Sweden has fallen by 68 per cent between 2000 and 2019
- Road deaths of children under seven have plummeted: in 2012, only one was killed, compared with 58 in 1970.
In 2015, Edmonton became the first Canadian city to adopt Vision Zero. Between 2015 and 2021, traffic-related fatalities dropped by 50 per cent and serious injuries dropped by 32 per cent, as reported by The City of Edmonton.
Vision Zero has achieved international recognition and was identified as an effective policy to prevent road traffic injury by the World Health Organization in 2004. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s also references Vision Zero as an evidence-based solution for promoting health and well-being in the Canadian Best Practices Portal.
The Vision Zero difference
Vision Zero critically analyzes the road system, reinventing system-wide design, practices and policies to lessen the severity of collisions and prevent serious injury and death on our roads.
Built on a systems-based approach, Vision Zero holds everyone accountable for their role in traffic safety.
- Road users are responsible for abiding by the systems, laws and policies of the road.
- Policymakers publicly voice their commitment to road safety and demonstrate this commitment in all policies.
- Law enforcement strictly and equitably enforce road safety laws, such as those aimed at speed management and deterring impaired and distracted driving.
- System designers work diligently to design or improve road infrastructure, redesigning it when it fails to keep road users safe.
The Vision Zero commitment
Components of a strong commitment
- Action plan
- Co-operation and collaboration
- Community engagement
- Multi-disciplinary leadership
- Political commitment
- Systems-based approach
- Advocacy for policy change
- Enhanced regulation and enforcement
- Raising public awareness and commitment to road safety
- Road infrastructure changes
- Continued leadership, collaboration and accountability among all stakeholders
- Enhancing the safety of vulnerable road users
- Leveraging innovative technology (red light cameras, automated speed enforcement)
- Improving road infrastructure for all road users
- Increasing enforcement of laws to manage safe speeds and reduce impaired and distracted driving
- Positioning road safety as a top priority in policy-making
- Strict vehicle regulation and testing