Government for the People Improving Public Transit Across Ontario
Projects will lead to less congestion, faster commutes and more family time in communities outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
PETERBOROUGH — Ontario's government is working for the people to deliver on its promise to get people moving faster through new infrastructure funding that will help make the province open for business and open for jobs.
"Our communities count on commuter infrastructure to get people to work and home again to their families," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure. "Our government's investment will make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible."
On April 2, 85 eligible municipalities located outside of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be able to nominate their most critical public transit projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This stream will fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks.
The first intake of the Public Transit stream of the 10-year infrastructure program will unlock up to $1.62 billion in joint provincial and federal funding for critical public transit outside the GTHA. In total, ICIP will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in Ontario communities as part of a 10-year bilateral agreement.
"Our economy, our communities, and our families all rely on infrastructure," said Minister McNaughton. "The Public Transit stream will build and improve urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that the people of Ontario live, move and work."
Municipalities can easily apply for all ICIP funding streams using the Grants Ontario website, a 'one-window' source that handles application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.
"Our government is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities," said Minister McNaughton. "We are committed to cutting red tape for local governments and funding local infrastructure priorities in the province while putting Ontario back on a path to balance so that we can protect our hospitals, schools and other vital public services."
- The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern 2. Public Transit 3. Green 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
- Funding is allocated to transit systems based on their share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
- The application intake for the Rural and Northern stream under ICIP is open until May 14, 2019.
- More information on future intakes, including for those municipalities inside the GTHA, will be available soon. Intakes for other streams will launch later this year.
“The Ontario government is a strong supporter of public transit. Through this program, we are funding public transit projects in 85 municipalities outside the GTHA. Today’s announcement shows we are delivering on our commitment to fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks, providing more transit options for people.”
“Ontario transit agencies are pleased that the intake process has begun for the transit stream of ICIP funding. Municipalities across the province are ready to build transformative transit projects that make a difference to people’s daily lives.”
“The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) welcomes the launch of provincial and federal funding for many local public transit systems across Ontario. Public transit connects communities and economies by helping people access jobs and critical services. The launch of this funding is one important step toward greater investment in all of our municipal transit systems.”
“The City of Peterborough is delighted to welcome Minister McNaughton and Minister Yurek to our community today to launch $1.62 billion in transit funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This integrated bilateral agreement will allow us to improve the safety, capacity and quality of our transit system. We are glad that the provincial and federal governments recognize the importance of funding robust and reliable transit systems in communities across Ontario.”
“The County of Peterborough is able to provide Caremobile accessible transit services through our partnership with Community Care, to our community thanks to this partnership with other levels of government. It is an honour to join Minister McNaughton and Minister Yurek here today to launch $1.62 billion in transit funding for Ontario through the integrated bilateral agreement.”
James Murray Jones