Ontario Fighting Climate Change with New Electric School Buses

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As part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario is investing in a new Electric School Bus Pilot Program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while giving students a safe, clean transit option to and from school.

“The electric school bus pilot is another way our government is doing its part to help fight climate change. This pilot program will help us better understand how electric school buses could operate across Ontario. And children riding in an electric school bus will have the added benefit of seeing the possibilities in creating a greener, cleaner environment.” said, Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

School bus operators providing student transportation services in Ontario may apply for funding to purchase an electric school bus and associated charging infrastructure.

“For many students in Ontario, the school day begins when they step on the bus in the morning and ends when it returns them home safely. By adding electric school buses to our student transportation system, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and give our students a healthier school experience from pick up to drop off.” said. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

Applicants will be chosen based on their experience in student transportation, ability to successfully deliver a pilot project, as well as their location in Ontario, type of route serviced, and the size of their school bus fleet.

This initiative is funded by proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market, which are invested into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs, including home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.