Ottawa, Ontario, December 10, 2020—The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in affordable and sustainable public transit that helps Canadians and their families travel to and from their destinations safely and efficiently.
Investing in cleaner transit options not only helps us meet our climate targets, it ensures cleaner air and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. That’s why the Government of Canada is pleased to announce that, thanks to funding provided through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the City of Ottawa is in a position to purchase more buses, including battery-electric buses.
In total, the City of Ottawa is investing $9.3 million, including the purchase of four long-range 40-foot battery-electric buses, along with the necessary supporting infrastructure.
- The City of Ottawa is purchasing four battery-electric buses from New Flyer Industries, based in Winnipeg, one of four Canadian makers of zero-emission buses.
- In addition to the $6.0 million in funding that the Transit Commission and Council have made available for this project, staff have identified another $3.3 million that will be made available by funding other projects through the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).
- The full amount, $9.3 million, will now allow the City to purchase four long-range 40-foot battery-electric buses, along with the necessary supporting infrastructure.
- Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- $28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.