Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaks during an announcement about federal funding for electric buses at a public transit garage in Ottawa, Thursday March 4, 2021. Ottawa will look to expand the number of electric buses set to join its transit fleet this fall thanks to additional federal funding. In a press conference Thursday, Ottawa Centre MP and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna outlined $2.75 billion in federal spending over the next five years to help Canadian cities to electrify their transit systems. Funding will go toward electric buses for public transit, electric school buses and charging infrastructure. Mayor Jim Watson joined McKenna and said city staff will bring a report to the transit commission before the summer to outline how the federal funding could boost the number of electric vehicles Ottawa can add to its fleet. The city announced already late last year that it will spend $9.3 million to purchase four electric buses from Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries, which are set to join the OC Transpo fleet later this fall. The city planned to spend $6 million on the project with the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund making up the rest of the gap. But Watson said the latest […]

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