The mission of MARD is to enhance the safety and mobility of individuals who no longer drive due to illness or disability or who choose not to drive because of age-related changes.

The vision of MARD is transportation safety and mobility for all Albertans.

To continue to conduct leading edge research that will enhance the safety and mobility of individuals who no longer drive due to illness, disability, or age-related changes and to disseminate the findings from our research to our government and community-based partners.

To collaboratively create and translate new and innovative knowledge.

To implement and evaluate innovative solutions that support the transportation safety and mobility of our target audiences.

To develop and disseminate educational materials that inform and promote community engagement on issues related to transportation safety and mobility.

To develop knowledge, solutions, practices, and services that recognize and address the differences in transportation mobility between rural and urban communities.

MARD Projects

New Funding Call: Responding to COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 and temporary closures of alternate transportation for seniors’ (ATS) services due to safety concerns have had a negative impact on the health and well-being of seniors in the province. Alberta’s relaunch strategy, begun in June 2020, has resulted in a surge in demand for transportation for medical and essential services for seniors. This new funding call from MARD will assist not-for-profit ATS service providers in rural and remote locations of the province in addressing the demand for seniors’ transportation.

Application Form:

Applications are due by 5:00pm, December 15, 2020. 

Community of Practice

The Assisted Transportation Network of Alberta (ATNA) is a community of practice developed by the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and MARD with the goal of bringing together people who are committed to improved assisted transportation services in Alberta. ATNA offers resources and information to individuals and organizations interested in implementing, expanding, and/or improving an assisted transportation service. 

MARD Resources

Provincial Transportation Needs Assessment

In 2016-2017, MARD conducted a Provincial Transportation Needs Assessment of seniors and persons with disabilities (PWD). In each of the reports below, there is valuable information on the unmet transportation needs of seniors and PWD and what these individuals think alternate transportation services should look like.

Transportation Toolkit

MARD, in collaboration with a number of stakeholders including the Ministry of Seniors and Housing, has developed a Toolkit to assist municipalities and community organizations in building and sustaining an Alternate Transportation for Seniors (ATS) service in their region or community.

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