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Federal Investment in York Region’s Electric Bus Fleet to Promote Clean, Reliable Public Transit

Toronto, ON – Public transit is integral to reducing commute times, bolstering the economy, and maintaining clean air. As housing development accelerates, the expansion of public transit ensures affordable and accessible connectivity across communities. Recognizing this, the federal government is committed to investing in local infrastructure, including electric transit, to reduce emissions and foster a better, fairer future.

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, alongside Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Municipality of York, announced a substantial federal investment of $76 million aimed at helping York Region develop an electric bus fleet and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

With the backing of this investment, York Region is set to acquire 180 zero-emission buses, 91 battery electric chargers, and 14 on-route chargers. This initiative, funded through the federal government’s Zero Emission Transit Fund, will provide an innovative, zero-emission transit solution that facilitates commuting, alleviates traffic congestion, and reduces maintenance needs compared to traditional diesel buses. Once operational, these 180 buses are expected to cut emissions by approximately 15,982 tonnes annually, equivalent to removing 4,000 vehicles from the roads.

Additionally, the three existing transit facilities in York Region, which will accommodate the zero-emission buses, will undergo upgrades to include solar power and battery energy storage systems. These enhancements will further minimize emissions and promote clean-energy alternatives.

Complementing the federal investment is a $136 million loan announced last year by the Canada Infrastructure Bank. This collaborative effort aims to lower emissions and provide clean, dependable, and affordable transit options to the 1.25 million residents of York Region.

Investing in public transit is pivotal to building stronger, fairer communities nationwide. This is particularly significant for Millennial and Gen Z Canadians, who frequently depend on public transit. By expanding public transit and cutting emissions, the government is offering younger Canadians a clean, cost-effective, and reliable means of transportation. Concurrently, efforts are being made to cut red tape, build more homes, modernize infrastructure, and stimulate economic growth. The overarching goal is to ensure that communities receive the necessary investments for long-term success.


“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.”
— The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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