The Government of Canada has launched a call for applications for new projects that will support public transit systems across Canada. Applications to the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Active Transportation Fund and the Rural Transit Solutions Fund are now being accepted.
“To reach our ambitious emissions reduction target of net-zero by 2050, we need to take an innovative and flexible approach to public transit,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “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.”
- The $2.75 billion Zero Emission Transit Fund is now accepting applications under the Planning and Capital streams. Eligible applicants can seek funding to help cover planning and capital costs related to shifting public transit systems to cleaner electrical power, including the purchase of zero emission buses and related infrastructure. This Fund is closely coordinated with the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s commitment to invest $1.5 billion in zero emission buses as part of its three-year Growth Plan.
- The $400 million Active Transportation Fund is now accepting applications from eligible applicants who wish to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges. Funding is available for planning projects as well as capital projects.
- The $250 million Rural Transit Solutions Fund is now accepting applications under the Capital Projects stream. Eligible applicants can seek funding contributions to help cover capital costs like the purchase of vehicles or digital platforms, as well as to support zero emission transit solutions such as the purchase of zero emission vehicles. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
These funding opportunities are part of the nearly $15 billion investment for public transit projects announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last year.
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