Ontario is providing $16,943,429 in funding to York Region through Ontario’s Gas Tax program. 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.
“This funding will greatly improve the reliability of the transportation system for thousands of passengers living in York Region and Richmond Hill, traveling across other regions.” said Daisy Wai, MPP for Richmond Hill. “It also reflects the collaboration between the Ontario Government and municipalities across the province. We will continue to work with municipalities to support public transit, which is critical to the economic recovery of our province."
“Public transportation plays an essential role in our communities, which is why our government is committed to supporting and improving public transit,” said MPP Michael Parsa for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.
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.
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.
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.