Council endorses plan to make OC Transpo bus fleet fully electric by 2036 Council endorses plan to make OC Transpo bus fleet fully electric by 2036

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City Council today approved a plan for OC Transpo to convert its bus fleet to zero-emission buses. The City will enter into a loan agreement with the Canada Infrastructure Bank and will seek funding from Infrastructure Canada to gradually convert the bus fleet in a way that is affordable under the City’s long-range financial plan for transit. All future bus purchases will be for zero-emission buses, provided they meet operational needs.

If funding is secured, OC Transpo will purchase 74 40-foot battery-electric buses and charging infrastructure as part of the City’s 2022 capital budget. The buses would be put into service in 2023, joining four zero-emission electric buses being put into service later this year. OC Transpo aims to phase in 450 zero-emission buses by 2027 and have a fully electric bus fleet by 2036.

Council approved an updated workplan for Children’s Services for 2021 and 2022, revised to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. The pandemic has had significant impacts on Ottawa’s child-care and early years sector, and the updated workplan will address pandemic recovery and response actions through 2022.

A recent review of the City’s 10 child-care centres determined that only one is not meeting the Council-approved mandate to serve families facing systemic challenges in parts of Ottawa where there are not enough child-care spaces to meet demand. Council directed staff to develop a plan to maintain and transition the francophone child-care services at the Centre éducatif Pinocchio, located between Lowertown and New Edinburgh, to a high needs area. Staff will work with a not-for-profit provider to maintain francophone child-care services at the Pinocchio location.

Council also approved renaming the Kanata Town Centre Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 417 the Marianne Wilkinson Bridge in honour of the former City Councillor. Wilkinson has dedicated nearly 50 years to municipal politics, serving as the first Mayor of Kanata and as a Councillor for Kanata North Ward. She was instrumental in getting the bridge built, helping connect North and South Kanata.

Council received a report from the Integrity Commissioner about an inquiry into the conduct of Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder.

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