Monday 31 January 2022

Canadian Government offers funding for zero emission public transport

Canadian Government offers funding for zero emission public transport

The Government of Canada is inviting applications for funding to expand the public transit systems and include zero emission vehicles across the country.

The CAD$2.75 billion (£1.6bn) Zero Emission Transit Fund is providing funding to cover planning and capital costs related to shifting public transport systems to cleaner power, including the purchase of zero emission buses and related infrastructure.

The CAD$250 million (£146m) Rural Transit Solutions Fund will also help cover costs, including the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms, as well as support zero emission transport solutions.

In addition, the CAD$400 million (£234m) Active Transportation Fund will help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges.

The transportation sector in Canada, which includes passenger cars and buses, accounts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The funding for the projects will help tackle climate change and support Canada's 2050 net zero goals.

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities said: “To reach our ambitious emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050, we need to take an innovative and flexible approach to public transit. This fund will help communities of all sizes across the country build transit systems that are tailored to the needs and realities of their citizens.

“Our government will continue to work with its partners to ensure Canadians, regardless of where they live, can rely on modern, flexible and clean modes of public transportation.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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