About the Alliance

What is CESBA?

What is CESBA?

Coordinated and led by Équiterre in partnership with Green Communities Canada, the Canadian Electric School Bus Alliance (CESBA) is a public voice in favor of accelerating the uptake of electric school buses. The Alliance rallies school bus stakeholders from diverse sectors across Canada, from coast to coast to coast.

CESBA is made up of a growing list of members including research, advocacy, school, industry and government organizations. Together, CESBA members are working to develop strategies and recommendations to accelerate the electrification of Canada’s 51,000 diesel school buses. This work draws together best practices from across North America with the aim of transforming the school bus sectors in Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario and British Columbia.

CESBA launched in 2022 with the aim of securing policy commitments at the federal and provincial levels of government that will enable all Canadian school bus fleets to transition from diesel to electric power by 2040.

How did CESBA come about?

The iconic North American yellow school bus has been transporting our children to school since the 1930s, powered almost exclusively by fossil fuels. Now, more than 80 years later and in the midst of a global climate and health crisis, the Canadian school bus sector is facing a major technological shift to convert from diesel to electric power.

School buses are a significant part of Canada’s transport sector, which overall contributes 25% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. Transport is one of the remaining two industrial sectors whose emissions have steadily continued to increase over the last 30 years. These very same school buses that put our children on the road to academic success, are also diminishing their chances at a bright and clean future, through air and noise pollution, and emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHGs).

The time has come for Canada to accelerate the electrification of all 51,000 diesel school buses and contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment for our children — for the sake of today’s and tomorrow’s youth.

Why we exist

The Canadian Electric School Bus Alliance’s (CESBA) mission is to support, share knowledge and work with all stakeholders to seek policy commitments at the federal and provincial levels of government that will enable all Canadian school bus fleets to transition from diesel to electric power by 2040.

What we want

By 2040, the existing 51,000 school buses transporting our children to school will be zero emission across Canada.

Our objectives

Mobilize and support stakeholders who wish to advance school bus electrification

Promote the sharing of knowledge, expertise and experiences in school bus electrification specific to each province

Develop
strategies and recommendations to accelerate the electrification of school buses across Canada;

Be a public voice in favor of accelerating the uptake of electric school buses.

Activities timeline

Spring 2022

Official Launch

Summer 2022

Diagnosis Report

Winter 2022-2023

Toolkit Development

Spring 2023

Research Report

Spring 2023

Virtual Colloquium

Fall 2023

Best Practices and Recommendation Report