Municipal public transit across the province has gotten a boost in the way of $375 million through the Gas Tax program.
This boost was announced by Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation last week, and will help 109 municipalities operate and expand public transit.
"Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province," said Caroline Mulroney, 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."
The funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
The exact funding total for the Gas Tax Program is calculated by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year.
"Our government knows that supporting public transit systems is more important than ever as communities struggle to maintain service levels during COVID-19,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora—Rainy River. “That is why we have topped up this year’s Gas Tax funding to make up for reduced sales at the pump.”
Municipalities supporting public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected.
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.
Below is the local breakdown of funding:
Kenora - $143,366
Dryden - $42,005
Atikokan - $9,317
Fort Frances - $72,298
Machin - $8,984
Sioux Lookout - $51,219