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UPDATE:Ontario To Provide More Money For Some Municipal Public Transit, City Says No Increase For Kawartha Lakes

UPDATE:The City of Kawartha Lakes says it is receiving the same amount of funding as last year and is not receiving more funding as stated by the Ontario government.

PETERBOROUGH-The Ontario government says it is providing more than $379.5 million to help 107 municipalities operate and improve local transit. The funding is being delivered through the gas tax program and can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive $720,759.

The City of Peterborough will receive $1,827,406.

“We know that municipal transit systems are essential to the success of our communities. They connect people and families to jobs, education, medical appointments, groceries and housing,” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha. “Under Premier Ford’s leadership, our government continues to step up to the plate to provide the funding municipalities need to ensure transit remains a safe and reliable option in communities across Ontario,” added MPP Dave
Smith.

The City of Kawartha Lakes says it is receiving the same amount of funding as last year and is not receiving more funding as stated by the Ontario government.

“Public transit is a key driver of economic growth in Ontario, helping people get to where they need to go, whether it is to work, school, or run errands,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “As more people return to public transit, our government is providing municipalities with the funding they need to accommodate growing ridership, while ensuring they can continue to deliver safe and reliable transit service for people in their communities.”

Funding for the gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected.

To make up for reduced gas sales due to ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s gas tax program includes one-time additional funding of $80 million to help ensure municipalities can continue to support their transit systems.

“Once again through the gas tax program the government has demonstrated its support for public transit,” said Kelly Paleczny, Chair of the Ontario Public Transit Association. “We are very thankful for the funding that will help local transit systems continue to operate and provide high levels of service to the more than one million Ontarians who rely on transit every day

“As a rapidly growing and diverse city within the Greater Golden Horseshoe, I am pleased to see the Ontario government is keeping their promise to support public transit and increase travel options here in Brampton. With the more than $16 million in funding our municipality is receiving from the province through the gas tax program, Bramptonians can continue to expect reliable and efficient public transit to access services, employment and community opportunities throughout our city.”

– Patrick Brown
Mayor of Brampton

“York Region is home to over 1.1 million people and needs a modern and reliable public transit network to ensure people can get where they need to go every day. That is why we are happy to see the more than $17 million in funding from the province to York Region through the gas tax program. This funding will provide enormous benefits to our community, including helping people utilize transit and grow our economy.”

– Wayne Emmerson
York Region Chairman and CEO

 

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