About the firm

Smart Cities Research Services (SCRS) is a consulting firm based in Montreal that works in association with other consultants and academics across Canada. The firm specializes in research on issues related to urban sustainability, including the management of urban growth, community design, brownfield redevelopment, sustainable transportation, community energy planning, affordable housing, and green infrastructure. SCRS conducts research and provides policy advice to federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as non-governmental organizations.

The firm has a special interest in documenting progress towards urban sustainability in Canada and developing innovative planning policies that bridge the gap between planning visions and real changes in the way cities are built "on the ground". Consequently, much of our research has focused on case studies and best practices of innovative urban development policies and programs, the exploration of barriers to sustainable urban development such as fiscal arrangements, and the development of new implementation tools such as indicators of urban sustainability, certification programs, and planning evaluation systems.

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