Medically impaired drivers are one of the most significant, but preventable, public health issues faced by Albertans and other Canadians.
The Medically At-Risk Driver Centre (MARD) is a University of Alberta-based centre with world-class standing that uses innovative research and stakeholder collaboration. The MARD Centre is committed to:
- Enhancing the safety and mobility for medically at-risk drivers and for all road users;
- Reducing the social and health impacts and economic costs associated with medically impaired drivers for the benefit of all Albertans; and
- Improving the quality of life and safety for medically at-risk drivers and for all Albertans.
The Medically At-Risk Driver Centre is unique with its emphasis on partnership driven, innovative, science based solutions to a preventable public health issue.
Alternate Transportation Services for Seniors - Rural Alberta Pilot Project
The Request for Proposal on Alternate Transportation Services of Seniors – Rural Alberta Pilot Project received 17 submissions from across the province. Choosing the successful applicant was a difficult process as there were many strong proposals. To ensure a fair and transparent review, we established an Adjudication Committee consisting of 5 individuals with expertise in the area. Each reviewer independently rated each proposal using standardized scoring criteria. Their ratings were then compiled by MARD Centre staff. The reviewers then met in person to discuss all submissions and select the successful applicant. Overall, the reviewers were impressed with the quality of the applications and the diverse and innovative ways communities were attempting to deal with transportation challenges.
We are pleased to announce Wainwright and District Handivan as the successful applicant. We are very excited to be moving forward with Wainwright on their project and sharing the things we learn along the way.
As many applicants identified common challenges/barriers to implementing alternate transportation in the community, we have developed a list of resources that may be helpful to communities. These are available by clicking here.
Access the SIMARD MD and Training Videos (click here)
printable PDF and NEW interactive version
Provincial listings of organizations providing alternative transportation for seniors
Edmonton and Area Mobility Guide
Calgary and Area Mobility Guide