Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has announced that it is Boosting Transit Funding for Towns and Cities across the Province
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 on Tuesday December 19th, 2017, to announce this year’s gas tax funding for municipalities.
Collingwood – The Blue Mountains will receive 302,808.00 in provincial funding for municipal transit this year.
Regionally, Wasaga Beach will receive $191,481.00. Barrie (Essa) will receive $2,179,631.00. Meaford will receive $65,250.00. Midland will receive $178,259.00. Penetanguishene will receive $89,829.00. Orillia will receive $533,205.00 while Owen Sound will receive $246,223.00 in provincial funding.
Six new municipalities were added to the program this year including $128,174.00 in provincial funding for the Township of Clearview.
More public transit makes it easier for people to travel to and from work, school and appointments, reduces congestion and lowers air pollution.
For example one bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
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.