Ontario Investing in Advanced Transportation Technologies
Industry-Academic Collaborations Support Innovation
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced today that the province will provide $10 million over four years to the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).
Industry and academic researchers are collaborating through CUTRIC to develop next-generation transportation technologies to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This includes R&D on new technologies such as lightweighting materials and autonomous software leading to demonstration and commercialization. This investment is part of the province's Climate Change Strategy, supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.
CUTRIC is also partnering with Brampton Transit to lead the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration Trial, a large-scale demonstration trial of zero-emission buses by seven transit agencies. The project will also involve a number of partners from transit agencies to utilities and bus manufacturers to demonstrate how electric buses can help the province meet its GHG emissions targets.
Investing in clean and innovative technologies is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- CUTRIC was founded in 2014 with financial support from the Canadian Urban Transit Association.
- Ontario is supporting CUTRIC through the new $400-million Business Growth Initiative, which is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale up and modernizing regulations for businesses.
- The government is investing $20 million to build more public charging stations for electric vehicles. And it has introduced a new Electric Vehicle Incentive Program that will reduce GHG emissions and make it easier for Ontarians to switch to electric vehicles.
“Ontario is a hotbed of activity in innovation and supporting technologies that will protect the environment, create good jobs and boost export sales around the world. Investing in the development of advanced transportation technologies is part of our four-part economic plan to create jobs and growth.”
“Keeping Ontario’s transportation network moving safely, efficiently and sustainably supports a globally competitive economy and a high quality of life in Ontario. That’s why it is important for us to explore ways that keep Ontario at the forefront of research and technology when it comes to public transportation.”
Steven Del Duca
“Ontario needs to continue investing in innovative technologies so that we can compete and win in the global economic marketplace. Technologies across virtually all sectors of our economy are changing at a rapid rate. That's why this timely investment in CUTRIC will help Ontario foster the right climate to create world-leading businesses who also positively contribute to our environmental well-being.”