Something New is Coming to Pearson Airport in Mississauga
The federal government is taking steps to make commuting from the airport more environmentally friendly.
On Monday (July 29) Catherine McKenna, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada, announced an investment of $491,000 for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station project at Pearson International Airport.
"Transportation accounts for almost a quarter of our emissions. Reducing pollution from transportation is essential,” said McKenna. “Investing in electric vehicles is a practical and effective way for Canada to reduce pollution, fight climate change and make sure we have clean air. Canadians want to be part of the solution to fight climate change by travelling more efficiently. Our government will continue to invest in the infrastructure needed for easy, fast charging and offer purchase incentives for low-emission vehicles -- giving Canadians cleaner options on the road."
The project will build a new fast-charging hub to support a fleet of electric shuttle buses at the airport.
The project will also identify barriers and strategies for electric bus adoption and serve as a model for airports across the country.
"As the largest airport in the country and an important contributor to Canada's economy, Toronto Pearson appreciates this significant investment in clean technology and electric vehicle innovation,” said Pat Neville, the Vice President of Airport Development and Technical Services at Greater Toronto Airports Authority. “This project compliments Toronto Pearson's ambitious overall environmental goals as we continue to plan, prepare and build to be an airport that our passengers and the country can count on."
This funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to build a coast-to-coast charging network for EVs and support other zero or low-carbon demonstration.
Over 800 EV fast chargers are already built or being planned, with hundreds more expected to follow.
The country’s climate plan includes over 50 measures to protect the environment, including actions to protect oceans, phase out coal-fired electricity, invest in renewables and public transit and reduce plastic pollution.
The government says: “zero-emission vehicles are a key part of Canada's plan to combat climate change while growing the economy.”
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