Background Information

The Canadian Parking Association Charitable Foundation (CPF) was founded in 1996 to advance education and research in the parking industry. The Foundation organizes the World Parking Symposium (WPS) bi-annually and gives awards or funding to those in the parking industry who merit recognition through their excellence in the business.

The goal of this research grant program is to create a body of knowledge through progressive research and education in the field of parking. It should contribute to the expansion of basic knowledge or apply such knowledge to the solution of problems in parking which may include, but are not limited to, operations, construction, maintenance, wayfinding, etc that will benefit the owner, operator and/or user of the parking facility.


Two grants, each in amounts of up to $10,000, will be available annually. Awards for Research Grants are available for 1 or 2 year projects. Successful applicants will be required to submit for review a progress report and a final report. Research grantee’s final report should be of a quality and in a format suitable for publication in a peer reviewed scholarly or industry journal.


Research grants are available to faculty at institutions of higher learning, masters and doctoral level research, postdoctoral research as well as governmental and industry led research.

Research Grant Award

In the fall of 2010 the Canadian Parking Foundation awarded its first research grant amounting to $10,000 to Rachel Weinberger an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. The topic she submitted was to study the effects of on site parking on home values in New York City. An understanding of the implicit market price for parking will help cities better understand under what conditions they should impose maximum or minimum parking requirements and under what conditions they might rethink their policies and rely more heavily on industry partners to determine supply, demand and appropriate pricing for this commodity. We expect this paper to be completed later this year...