Ontario Provides Funding to Support Municipal Public Transportation

This year, the province is providing a total of $375 million in gas tax funding for 109 municipalities that deliver public transit to 144 communities across Ontario. The province will flow the funding as soon as possible in 2021.

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive $640,774 and the Municipality of Dysart et al will receive $23,618 in funding through Ontario’s Gas Tax program. Peterborough County and Durham Region will also receive funds to support their local transit systems.

“The Gas Tax Program continues to provide reliable financial support to our municipal partners in HKLB,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “These funds contribute to important improvements and maintenance for local transit systems and help residents as they access essential goods and services in their communities.”

“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.”

Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities supporting public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected. This funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

QUICK FACTS

  • In July 2020, the province announced up to $2 billion from the provincial and federal governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to support municipal transit systems with operating costs like vehicle maintenance and employee wages, revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other costs like installing driver protection barriers.
  • Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. The province has released draft regional transportation plans for Northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario, and planning is underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and eastern Ontario.