Ontario Providing Transit Funding for York RegionPublished on January 20, 2021
Supporting Local Economic Recovery Efforts By Investing in Public Transit
|NEWS||January 20, 2021|
York Region– Ontario is providing $16,943,429 in funding to York Region through Ontario’s Gas Tax program. This year, the province is providing a total of $375 million in gas tax funding for 109 municipalities that deliver public transit to 144 communities across Ontario. The province will flow the funding as soon as possible in 2021.
“We are investing more in our community to ensure that families and seniors in Vaughan have reliable transit and infrastructure improvements they can depend on,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “We will continue to invest in local infrastructure — including major investments in the Rutherford, Maple & King GO Stations, and the extended 427 highway to Major Mackenzie, all of which will reduce congestion and improve the environment.”
"Helping communities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province, including right here in Vaughan-Woodbridge, is just one more way our government is helping people and families get through these difficult times," said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions." As we continue in our fight against COVID-19, we will ensure that people and families in our community always have access to safe, reliable transportation to get to work, or pick up essential items like groceries, or a prescription."
“In recent months I have had numerous conversations with community groups and constituents who are keen to complete improvements to roads infrastructure and continue to see transit services expanded,” says Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “We will all be grateful to see these funds delivered and put to work.”
“Our government is aware of the critical role public transit plays in economic recovery by helping people travel for essential purposes in Markham-Unionville and communities across Ontario,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “Through Ontario’s Gas Tax program, it will continue to support and improve public transit in municipalities in every corner of the province.”
“Our government is continuing to support our local transit system in York Region,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “This funding will help make it easier for people in York Region to get where they need to go while supporting economic recovery in our community.”
“This $16,943,429 in funding will greatly improve the reliability of the transportation system for thousands of passengers living in York Region and Richmond Hill, traveling across other regions.” said Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill. “It also reflects the collaboration between the Ontario Government and municipalities across the province. We will continue to work with municipalities to support public transit, which is critical to the economic recovery of our province."
“Public transportation plays an essential role in our communities, which is why our government is committed to supporting and improving public transit,” said MPP Michael Parsa for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill. “I am thrilled to announce that through the Gas Tax program, York Region will be receiving nearly $17 million to help support our public transit system.
“I am pleased to announce York Region will receive $16,943,429 million in funding to cover operating costs and expand transit through the Gas Tax program.” said MPP Kanapathi, Markham-Thornhill. “Public transit is an important part of connecting the residents of our community and will aid us in our economic recovery.”
“Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe and Minister of Transportation. “Supporting transit systems is more important than ever as municipalities across Ontario struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help ensure people have access to safe, reliable transportation to get to work or pick up essential items like a prescription.”
Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities supporting public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected. This funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
“Transit systems again thank this government for its unwavering support. From keeping existing service running safely and conveniently to building transit for tomorrow, Minister Mulroney has been an ally of transit systems and our riders. Ontario has placed immense value on public transit to help frontline workers get to and from work each day throughout the pandemic,” said Kelly Paleczny, Chair of Ontario Public Transit Association and General Manager of the London Transit Commission. “This funding is crucial to communities across the province in the fight against COVID-19 and will play an important role in Ontario’s economic recovery.”
- The 109 municipalities receiving funding through the Gas Tax program deliver public transit service to 144 communities representing more than 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.
- In July 2020, the province announced up to $2 billion from the provincial and federal governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to support municipal transit systems with operating costs like vehicle maintenance and employee wages, revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other costs like installing driver protection barriers.
- Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. The province has released draft regional transportation plans for Northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario, and planning is underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and eastern Ontario.