Ontario’s Inaugural Road Pricing Forum

To help facilitate a rational discussion about road pricing pros and cons, Healthy Transport joined with a range of partners to present the inaugural Transport Futures Forum on November 13, 2008. Sponsored by Transport Canada, LIUNA Local 183 and many others, this learning event featured road pricing experts from Germany, France, Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Their very different case studies, complemented by Canadian research and perspectives, provided an excellent overview of the benefits of road pricing as well as the challenges that international governments have faced in terms of public acceptance, governance, investment and technical aspects.

The 2008 Forum attracted over 130 delegates representing government, business, labour, NGOs and academia. Key comments included:

  • “Attendees seemed very engaged -- good mix of speakers with different styles.”
  • “Fantastic to have an international perspective -- nicely done! Roundtable -- what a great idea. I like this ‘candid' format.”
  • “I had little (road pricing) knowledge so this was a good introduction.”
  • “It provided a dialogue that is very necessary in this generation. I thought it was excellent that government agencies were present to show that pricing initiatives are not solely a lost cause.”
  • “Speakers were knowledgeable and brought a wealth of experience. A valuable contribution to the public debate.”
  • “Very good balance between practical, ground level projects and larger projects.”
  • “Very well organized. Innovative and intriguing topic. Thanks for having me.”