Ontario Government for the People Boosting Funding for York Region Municipalities MPPs Tibollo Mulroney and Elliott DeclarePublished on January 23, 2019
Support will Help Enhance and Expand Transit Systems Across Ontario
YORK REGION –Ontario’s Government for the People is helping municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems through Ontario’s gas tax program.
“Our government is working to make life better for the people of York Region. Through Ontario’s gas tax program, York Region will receive $16,711,664 in funding this year to improve transit,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “This funding will benefit commuters and provide faster transit to the people of York Region.”
This year, the province is providing $364 million in gas tax funding to 107 municipalities providing public transit service to 144 communities across Ontario. These communities represent over 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.
“To get our communities moving and to help keep and create jobs here in York Region we are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and attract more riders,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York-Simcoe. “This investment will help cut through gridlock and improve the commute for many who use public transit on a daily basis as well as for occasional riders.”
Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province. The program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures, at their own discretion, including upgrading transit infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, adding more routes and extending hours of service.
“I am pleased to see our Government for the People investing in York Region’s public transit. This injection of over $16 million in to York Region Transit will help commuters get from point A to point B in a faster, more efficient manner,” stated Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge.
- The share that each municipality receives under Ontario’s gas tax program is based on a formula of 70 percent ridership and 30 percent population. These funds serve both the needs of large and small municipal transit systems.
- Municipalities that contribute financially to public transit services are eligible for funding. Municipalities not currently providing transit can become eligible for funding if they start up fully-accessible transit services.