Quebec Zero-Emission School Buses

Public Transit
Province of Quebec
Up to $400 million
Bus Carriers Federation, Government of Quebec

Supporting the purchase of 4,000 zero-emission school buses and associated charging infrastructure

Our investment of up to $400 million enables the Bus Carriers Federation to purchase zero-emission school buses (ZEBs).

Fast facts

Remove 81,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions = 17,616 passenger vehicles from the road/year
Quieter and more comfortable ride for students
Purchase price and will be repaid from cost savings

ZEBs are quieter and are expected to have lower maintenance and fueling costs compared to equivalent GHG-emitting vehicles. By replacing 4,000 diesel school buses, our investment will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 81,000 tonnes annually. The buses contribute to the Province’s shift toward more sustainable transportation, lowering its carbon footprint while providing a high-quality transit service for students.

Our investment will work in conjunction with funding provided by the Ministry of Transport of Quebec.

We will be repaid from cost savings from the ZEB as measured against costs of an equivalent GHG-emitting bus.

Benefits of CIB Involvement

Our ZEB Initiative assists transit agencies and school boards transition their fleets to modern, environmentally friendly vehicles. Our financing, in the form of direct loans, can cover the higher upfront capital cost of ZEBs and charging infrastructure versus diesel buses. We enable partners to take advantage of flexible financing options to modernize their bus fleets on an accelerated basis.

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Bus Carriers Federation

The Bus Carriers Federation is actively contributing to the shift to electric school buses. We are pleased to partner with the CIB, which will offer a financial product for the benefit of carrier members who are making this important shift for their businesses. Through this agreement, the Federation will support its members by accompanying them throughout the financing process with the CIB.

Stéphane Lefebvre, Chairperson