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Ontario Helping Cities and Towns Improve and Expand Public Transit

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Ontario Helping Cities and Towns Improve and Expand Public Transit

Province Providing New Funding to Manage Congestion, Improve Commutes

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is helping 99 cities and towns across the province enhance and expand their transit systems, to reduce congestion, shorten commute times, and help people get to where they're going faster.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by MPPs Harinder Malhi and Vic Dhillon in Brampton today to announce this year's gas tax funding for municipalities. Brampton is receiving over $10 million to support upgrades and enhancements that could include purchasing new transit vehicles, adding more routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility.

Improving and expanding public transit also helps reduce air pollution and meet the province's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.

Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s gas tax program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. The program was made permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for municipalities.
  • This year, the province is providing $334.5 million through the gas tax program to expand and improve public transit — an increase of $1.6 million over last year. For 2016/17, 99 municipalities will receive funding, the most since the program started in 2004.
  • In 2015, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003 — equivalent to removing approximately 181 million car trips on roads.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, making it even more important to build modern and efficient infrastructure.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

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Steven Del Duca

“Ontario is committed to improving local transit systems across the province by providing municipalities with stable funding through the gas tax program. Through this program, 99 municipalities across Ontario will receive funding this year – more than ever before. Gas tax funding will help these municipalities add more routes, improve service and purchase additional transit vehicles – meaningful improvements that will make your daily commute faster.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Vic Dhillon

“Provincial funding has helped Brampton make significant public transit improvements. This is great news for the commuters, families and everyone in our community who use our transit network every day.”

Vic Dhillon

MPP, Brampton-West

“Ontario municipalities rely on this funding to help us expand and improve our public transit networks. This $10.4 million in funding allows the City of Brampton to enhance accessibility, purchase additional buses, add routes and extend service hours which encourages more people to consider using public transit. I am grateful the Ontario government continues to partner with us to build better transit for the people of Ontario.”

Linda Jeffrey

Mayor of Brampton

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