Across the country, Canadians are feeling the impacts of climate change and air pollution. By investing in initiatives that cut pollution and design efficient local infrastructure, we are building strong, healthy communities for everyone to call home. This is why the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are investing in smart, sustainable solutions from coast to coast to coast.
Today in Brampton, MP Ruby Sahota, on behalf of The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources and Rory Nisan, Councillor for Halton Region and Board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, announced a $253,000 investment through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) to support the transition to low-emission transit.
Sahota said, “Since my election in 2015, I have seen first-hand the important role CUTRIC has played in our transition to low-emission transit. This funding allocation is just one of many, in partnership with CUTRIC, that the City of Brampton is receiving as we electrify our future, reduce pollution and invest in clean transportation infrastructure – bringing us one step closer to net-zero emissions.”
The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) receives $175,000 to support the City of Brampton’s strategic efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to meet future ridership demand for public transit. The focus of the study is to assess the feasibility of using zero tailpipe-emission buses (ZEBs) on Brampton Transit’s route network.
CUTRIC receives an additional $78,000 to support the City of Burlington’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The focus of this study is to analyze the techno-economic and life-cycle emissions associated with transitioning Burlington Transit’s fleet to fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) across all routes and blocks.
Both studies will be carried out using CUTRIC’s internally developed predictive modelling tool, RoutΣ.i™. This tool incorporates operational conditions such as route maps, transit schedules, weather, and passenger-loading to determine the feasibility and benefits of adopting ZEBs or FCEBs based on existing technology.
The Green Municipal Fund, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, is funded through an endowment by the Government of Canada. GMF helps local governments switch to sustainable practices faster. Its unique mix of funding, resources and training gives municipalities the tools they need to build resiliency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.