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First Student Expands Operations in Quebec with Acquisition of Autobus Laval
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First Student Expands Operations in Quebec with Acquisition of Autobus Laval

February 22, 2023

CINCINNATI — First Student, North America’s leader in student transportation, today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Autobus Laval, Inc. Established in 1961, Autobus Laval offers home-to-school and charter services in the greater Quebec City area.

The organization brings a fleet of 179 vehicles, including seven electric school buses and charging stations, complementing First Student’s nearly 300 electric school buses in the region. First Student operates under its Autobus Transco brand in the province.

“First Student welcomes the Autobus Laval team. As a long-time respected operator matched with our industry-leading experience, it’s a great benefit for student passengers who will continue to receive unmatched care and the safest ride to school,” said First Student President and CEO John Kenning. “First Student and Autobus Laval have a shared commitment to deliver an extraordinary experience for our communities and our customers, ensuring our vehicles are  safe and trusted places where students feel comfortable and secure.”

“Our family has had the privilege to work in region for more than 60 years. We would like to personally thank our customers and staff who have become like our family,” said Autobus Laval Owners Louise Giroux and Danielle Giroux. “We are excited to know that First Student will help our extended family into the next chapter and wish the best to everyone.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to applicable contractual and regulatory approvals.

KPMG served as the financial and tax advisor. McCarthy Tetrault served as legal counsel, and Strata Environmental advised for environmental.

About First Student, Inc.

As a leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. With a team of highly trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services, including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, fleet electrification, route optimization, and scheduling, maintenance, and charter services with a fleet of about 46,600 buses. For more information, visit