Ontario Boosting Transit Funding for Towns and Cities Across the Province
Support will Help Enhance and Expand Transit Systems, Reduce Congestion
Ontario is providing more support to 105 municipalities across the province, to help them enhance and expand their transit systems, reduce congestion, and shorten commute times.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Sprindale and Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton, today to announce this year's gas tax funding for municipalities. Brampton is receiving more than $11 million to support upgrades and enhancements that could include major transit infrastructure projects, buying more buses, adding new routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility.
More public transit makes it easier for people to travel to and from work, school and appointments, reduces congestion and lowers air pollution. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
Creating more transit options for commuters and families is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario’s gas tax program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. The province made funding for the program permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for municipalities.
- In 2017, the province committed to increase funding to 2.5 cents per litre in 2019–20, 3 cents in 2020–21 and 4 cents in 2021–22. This is not an increase in the price paid at the pump by drivers.
- This year the province committed $357.2 million in gas tax funding to 105 municipalities, providing service to 142 communities, the most since the program began in 2004. The funding is expected to increase to about $401.3 million in 2019–20, $481.5 million in 2020–21 and $642 million in 2021–22.
- Six new municipalities were added to the program this year including: the Township of Atikokan, the County of Brant, the Township of Clearview, the Town of Innisfil, the Town of Pelham, and the Town of Tillsonburg.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“This year’s increase in funding of $22.7 million is great news for Ontario municipalities — a clear indication of our government’s commitment to deliver the transformational and integrated transit system that the people of this province both expect and deserve. This increase in sustainable funding for local transit across the province means that more than 90 per cent of Ontario’s population will benefit from improvements to their daily transit service so that more people can get where they’re going faster.”
“As our population grows, it’s so important for our transit networks to keep up with the increased demand for new and more travel options. This increase in funding will help Brampton expand on much needed public transit for our residents. I would like to thank Minister Del Duca for prioritizing the need for more local transit funding in Brampton and across Ontario.”
“Brampton Transit is growing quickly and we have experienced extremely high ridership growth. This increase in demand requires significant investment to ensure we can maintain and improve our service – whether that includes adding new routes or adding new buses. We appreciate the Province continuing to partner with us and this $11 million in gas tax funding will go a long way to help us provide our residents with the kind of transit they require to get around town and the region.”