Government of Canada to invest C$76 million in York Region, Ontario, to help with zero-emission transition

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The government of Canada is investing C$76 million (US$55.8 million) through the Zero Emission Transit Fund to help the York Region in Ontario build an electric bus fleet and reach a full zero-emission fleet by 2050.  

The funding will allow the York Region to receive 180 zero-emission buses, 91 battery-electric chargers and 14 on-route chargers. Once in service, the 180 buses are expected to reduce emissions by approximately 15,982 metric tons annually – the equivalent of taking 4,000 vehicles off the road. 

York Region’s three existing transit facilities that will house the zero-emission buses will also be upgraded with solar power and battery energy storage systems.  

“Canadians need to get to work with less traffic, more comfort and clean air – that’s what public transit is all about. With today’s announcement, York Region will soon have 180 new zero-emission buses and the chargers to go with it. Our government is making our transit system fairer, with innovative, climate-friendly and affordable options to get you where you need to be,” said Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. 

“Public transit is an invaluable tool in making people’s lives easier and for tackling climate change. We’re proud to announce this partnership with York Region today that will go a long way in doing both,” said Sean Fraser, Canada’s minister of housing, infrastructure and communities.    

In addition to the investment by the government of Canada, the project is supported by a C$136 million (US$99.8 million) loan announced in 2023 by the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), as well as an investment of C$177 million (US$129.9 million) from the Regional Municipality of York. The federal funding is contingent on parties signing a contribution agreement. 

“York Region’s transition to electric buses is a critical step toward reducing emissions for decades to come. The Canada Infrastructure Bank’s C$136 million (US$99.8 million) loan, combined with the Zero Emission Transit Fund grant, supports much cleaner and quieter public transportation for residents,” said CIB CEO Ehren Cory.  

 “Access to safe and efficient transportation options continues to be a top priority for York Regional Council and the more than 1.25 million residents who call our communities home. With the support of the government of Canada and the Canada Infrastructure Bank, we are able to further increase access to public transit in a way that supports the Council’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” said Wayne Emmerson, chairman and CEO of the Regional Municipality of York.