Climate resilience and safety in transportation

In recent decades, the ground transportation sector has been affected by significant challenges brought on by emerging technologies and extreme weather conditions. The adoption of new solutions to mitigate the impacts of these changes on the supply chain is critical to maintain the safety and efficiency of passenger and freight transportation.

Our expertise

Continued research, development and testing is critical to ensure the ground transportation sector evolves in a resilient and safe way. Through the Resilient Ground Transportation program, experts from the NRC's Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre are playing a significant role in supporting industry and regulators who face challenges related to climate change and the digitalization of the transportation sector. With expertise and facilities across Canada, NRC ground transportation researchers, engineers and scientists support clients through technology development, evaluation and demonstration, and provide evidence-based guidance to support the development and modernization of Canada's related policies and regulations.

Our work can provide operators and government departments with ground transportation system expertise and solutions to improve economic prosperity and the well-being of Canadians in the following ways:

  • Developing, adopting and evaluating new technologies and capabilities to predict climate-related risks around key transportation routes to improve efficiency, safety and climate resilience
  • Developing industry best practices and guidelines to increase supply chain efficiency and improve the passenger travel experience
  • Operating as a centre of excellence to help regulators keep pace with the advancement in innovation and accelerate technology adoption
  • Assisting fleet operators in the selection and deployment of more sustainable vehicles
  • Assisting medium and heavy haul and bus manufacturers to improve vehicle performance in the Canadian climate environment
  • Improving mobility in soft soils and snow through advanced modelling and simulation


Discover other NRC programs that support Canada's climate resilience transportation goals:

Advanced Clean Energy program

Accelerating the development of clean, renewable fuels, and energy storage materials

Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program

Developing new materials for zero-emission transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks from discovery to commercialization

Clean and Energy-efficient Transportation program

Developing technology solutions aimed at improving vehicle efficiency as well as infrastructure performance, economics and safety

Facilities and labs

Learn more about the NRC's facilities and labs that can help you develop, test and validate your climate and safety-related ground transportation challenges and technologies:

Success stories

Learn more about our significant milestones and accomplishments in the field of resilient ground transportation:

Why work with us

Our experts and facilities are dedicated to ground transportation. Our specialized advisory services range from modeling, testing prototyping, demonstrations, data analysis and consulting:

  • Collaborative R&D: In a joint effort, our research expertise and capabilities can help you advance your R&D projects
  • Technical services: Our technical expertise can help you test and mature your technology to take it to the next level

Contact us

Tony Jenkins
Business Development Officer, Road and off-road transportation
Telephone: 613-617-4036

Jason Pierosara
Business Development Officer, Rail transportation
Telephone: 613-808-7082