In Canada, air pollution causes more than 15,000 premature deaths each year, including 6,000 in Ontario, and 3,000 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, where transportation is the largest source of air pollution. Canadian research has shown that marginalized socio-economic groups are disproportionately exposed to traffic-related air pollution. Residents who face socio-economic barriers are also likely to be more vulnerable to the impacts of this pollution, as they face other health inequities. The current push for electric vehicles by federal, provincial and municipal governments presents an opportunity to drastically reduce air pollution from traffic sources, leading to health, social and climate change benefits. Strengthening and accelerating policies to electrify cars, SUVs and public transit buses, along with updating truck fleets can help ensure cities realize these benefits.
This webinar will:
1. Discuss health effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution
2. Discuss health and environmental benefits of upgrading and electrifying transportation
3. Discuss the barriers and opportunities to increasing rates of electrification