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Canadian Electric School Bus Alliance

Accelerating the adoption of electric school buses in Canada

The Alliance mobilizes the knowledge, expertise and experience of key actors in school bus electrification in Canada to support the adoption of zero-emission school buses across the country.

The challenge

By comparison, the United States is already well on its way to electrifying school transportation with a goal of converting all 500,000 school buses to zero-emission vehicles by 2030. With a fleet of just over 40,000 school buses, the time has come for the rest of Canada to emulate the ambitious targets set by Quebec and the United States and to move quickly from diesel to electric vehicles.

With road transportation responsible for 25% of Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the electrification of school transportation has the potential to make a significant contribution to improving Canada's climate record. It could also improve air quality and reduce noise pollution for youth using the school transportation system.

65%

In its Plan for a Green Economy 2030, Quebec has set a goal of replacing 65% of its diesel school buses fleet with electric models by 2030.

Ministère des transports du Québec, Programme d’électrification du transport scolaire, 2020

The famous yellow North American school bus has been transporting children to school since the 1930s, fuelled almost exclusively by fossil fuels. Now, more than 80 years later and faced with a global climate crisis, the time has come for Canada to transition its fleet of 51,000 school buses from diesel to electricity.

Our work

Building on its expertise in transportation electrification and public policy, notably through its My Electric Bus campaign, Équiterre will work in collaboration with Green Communities Canada to rally stakeholders in the school and electrification sectors across the country to pool their knowledge, develop mobilization strategies and formulate recommendations for government bodies in order to accelerate the implementation of practical measures that will advance the electrification of school buses in Canada.

Équiterre will also ensure, with the support of Propulsion Québec, the successful implementation of the School Bus Electrification Program in Québec through the sharing of experience and recommendations which will then guide the introduction of similar programs in other Canadian provinces

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Responsables du projet

Andréanne Brazeau

Policy Analyst, Sustainable Mobility

abrazeau@equiterre.org

Valérie Tremblay

Advisor, Sustainable Mobility

Partners

Made possible by the support of the Trottier Family Foundation and its partners the Consecon Foundation and the Echo Foundation, this project is coordinated and implemented by Équiterre in collaboration with Green Communities Canada.

  • Consecon Fondation
  • Fondation Echo
  • Fondation Familiale Trottier