The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is Canada’s road safety research institute. It is a world leader in research, program and policy development, evaluation, and knowledge transfer focusing on the road user and behaviours that result in driver error and account for 80% of road crashes.
TIRF’s mission to reduce deaths and injuries resulting from road crashes is achieved by designing, implementing, evaluating, and promoting evidence-based strategies.
After more than five decades, TIRF’s vision and commitment are stronger than ever. We are dedicated to improving road safety. And we know what is needed. We base our work on four pillars:
- Research on road crashes
- Program and policy development
- Evaluation plans, program and policy evaluation
- Knowledge transfer and exchange
Since 1964, TIRF has received international recognition and acclaim for its accomplishments related to identifying the causes of road crashes and developing programs and policies to address them effectively.
Established as a registered charity, TIRF is a national, independent road safety research institute governed by a Board of Directors representing the public and private sectors in Canada. TIRF is funded by grants and contracts – earmarked for specific projects – and sustaining donations to provide services to public and private sectors.
The TIRF team includes leading research scientists and support staff, and administrative personnel. TIRF also has research associates in Canadian and U.S. universities and strategic partnerships with international research agencies that greatly expand its scientific and technical expertise. TIRF maintains several extensive databases, including the national database on persons fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes (funded by Desjardins Insurance), and possesses a contemporary specialized library on road safety with access to resources in other jurisdictions.