Ontario improving public transit across GTHA

July 23, 2019

New transit projects could be coming to Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), now that 11 municipalities can apply for funding to support these projects through Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Public Transit Stream. 

These projects, including the five transit projects nominated in Toronto and York Region in May, could unlock up to C$12.45 billion (US$9,470,715,000.00) in federal and provincial funding.

"People in Ontario count on infrastructure to get to work, shop and get home to their families," said Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott. "Our government's investments in the GTHA will make public transit infrastructure better, safer and more accessible."

The province will continue to work with the federal government and ask that it further increase funding towards priority transit projects.

"Our economy, our communities and our families all rely on good infrastructure," said Scott. "Ontario's investment towards these projects will build and improve urban transit networks and extend services that will transform the way people live, move and work."

"These projects represent a step forward in helping people and goods move around the GTHA quickly and efficiently," said Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney. "Combining the resources of the federal and provincial governments helps to deliver on our commitment to a balanced, fiscally-responsible plan for public transit infrastructure projects. These projects will reduce congestion and create new transportation capacity throughout the region."

Quick Facts 

• Applications for funding is now open to 11 municipalities across the GTHA and will close on October 24, 2019.

• The eligible municipalities that can apply for funding are Brampton, Burlington, Durham Region, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Peel Region, Toronto and York Region.

• The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a C$30-billion (US$22,833,000,000.00), 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or C$10.2 billion (US$7,763,220,000.00) spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.

• Ontario is currently reviewing over 200 applications received by more than 50 municipalities for transit projects outside the GTHA.

• The government also nominated 15 major transit projects in the City of Toronto, Region of York and City of London to the federal government for approval, as well as 144 road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure projects under the Rural and Northern stream.