Ontario to nominate two Belleville projects for ICIP public transit stream, contribute $2.2 million in funding

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

Belleville – Ontario is working to support the City of Belleville and get people moving by investing in transit infrastructure within the municipality.

Todd Smith, the Bay of Quinte MPP and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced today the Province of Ontario has nominated Belleville’s Northeast Industrial Park active transportation project under the multi-level Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) public transit stream.

Smith explained the Province has committed to funding its maximum allowable percentage – one-third of total eligible project costs for new bus purchases and for new and upgraded bus shelters along a multi-use trail network in the area of Adam Street, University Avenue, Jamieson Bone Road and College Street East.  Ontario’s contribution toward the bus purchases will be $1,110,088.98 and its contribution to the shelter project will be $1,099,890.

“Belleville has been aggressively improving infrastructure in its Northeast Industrial Park and that investment is sustaining 15,000 good jobs in the Quinte region,” said Smith.  “This project will provide a convenient, green connection for residents to access those jobs, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, and the Quinte Health and Wellness Centre. It also presents an express route to further growth. We’re pleased to work with the City in building this needed infrastructure.”

Smith stated the provincial funding is contingent on the federal government making its own contribution to the project and called for an expedient decision on the projects’ eligibility under the ICIP program.

“These initiatives promise to make a real difference in people’s lives and we’re excited to get shovels in the ground,” said Smith. “Now it’s up to the federal government to approve them.”

Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk was pleased to hear the projects were nominated.

“Today’s announcement by MPP Todd Smith is deeply appreciated,” added Panciuk.  “Improving transportation access for the thousands working in the City’s Northeast Industrial Park has been a priority for the City and we have made great strides with this.  These funds would enable us to continue creating a safe, green transportation network within this area.”

The two projects are among 144 transit projects outside the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) nominated by Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott under the public transit stream. If approved, the projects – coupled with five major projects in the GTHA – will leverage up to $8.3 billion in investment.

“The transit projects announced today promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Scott. "Better public transit creates stronger communities. It helps people spend less time commuting to work and home, and more time doing the things they love with those they care about most.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is federal-provincial cost-sharing program, which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation. Application intakes for the latter two streams will take place by the end of 2019.
  • The Province previously nominated 144 road, bridge, air, and marine infrastructure projects under the Rural and Northern stream for municipalities with populations under 100,000.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s or municipalities’ share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. The federal government set this allocations-based funding model.
  • Quinte West also had two projects nominated by the Province under the transit stream. The provincial contribution would be $342,153.38 toward service expansion and technological upgrades projects worth $1,651,400.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE

Budget 2019:  budget.on.ca

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Ontario nominates two Quinte West Transit West/East Corridor projects under ICIP, commits $342,153.38

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

QUINTE WEST – The Province of Ontario is committing to nominate two projects associated with the Transit West/East Corridor expansion of Quinte Access Transportation for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) transit stream.

In Trenton today, Todd Smith, the Bay of Quinte MPP and Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services, announced the provincial government will commit to fund up to $255,912 for expenses related to service expansion and an additional up to $86,241.38 for technological upgrades. The funding is contingent on the federal government also providing support for the projects, which carry total eligible costs of $258,750 and $1,392,650 respectively.

Smith noted the Province supported a vision that Quinte West officials and Quinte Access presented that a dedicated route into Belleville with access to Loyalist College, Belleville General Hospital, and retailing areas would provide enhanced opportunities for Bay of Quinte constituents.

“We’ve heard that a lack of transportation infrastructure can be a barrier for many people living in our communities,” Smith said. “This expanded route would provide a link for residents in both Quinte West and Belleville to improved access to education, health care, and employment.”

Funding for the service expansion could include a feasibility study, new buses, bicycle racks and shelters.  Technological improvements would include items like a smart card technology for fare boxes, a collision avoidance system, and an onboard surveillance system for buses.

With the Province’s commitment, Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison is looking forward to further planning of the West/East Corridor expansion.

“Increasing access to public transit is a priority for Quinte West and we're very happy to have the support of the provincial government as we work to increase the services available to our residents,” said Harrison.

The projects are among more than 100 nominations Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott forwarded to the federal government for consideration this morning.

“This government is committed to building infrastructure that makes life better for people across Ontario," said Scott. "Better public transit creates stronger communities, frees more time for family and friends and ensures Ontario is open for business.”

Scott called on the federal government for quick project approvals.

“We’re excited to get shovels in the ground; these initiatives promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Scott. “Now it’s up to the federal government to approve them.”

The transit stream is the second of four funding opportunities through the ICIP funding partnership with the rural and northern stream already committed.  For projects with matching federal and municipal investment, the Province of Ontario is able to invest up to one-third of total eligible costs.

The remaining streams, for Green projects – those improving outcomes in climate change mitigation, environmental quality, or disaster mitigation – and Community, Culture, and Recreation projects – those improving access or quality of community-oriented, non-commercial, public facilities – will be open for proposal intakes by the end of 2019.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30 billion, 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 about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. The federal government set this allocations-based funding model.
  • These projects are from the first intake of ICIP applications from municipalities outside the GTHA. Some project applications from this intake are still under consideration by the province. The province intends to make more announcements from this intake soon. Information on additional intakes will be released when available.

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Ontario is working toward a new needs-based and sustainable autism program for Bay of Quinte families

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2019

Bay of Quinte – Ontario is continuing to listen to families of children with autism and the Autism Advisory Panel to support families in Bay of Quinte with the goal of helping as many children as possible.

 

In Toronto this morning, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Bay of Quinte MPP, announced steps the government is taking to provide continuity of service while giving the necessary time to work on the new program. These steps include:

 

·         Broadening the scope of the Autism Advisory Panel to develop recommendations for a new, needs-based and sustainable program. The panel is examining results from online surveys, telephone town halls and written submissions as well as considering relevant evidence, science and data to submit its advice for the end of summer. The ministry is aiming for implementation of a new program April 1, 2020.

 

·         Continuing services for families with existing behaviour plans. Families will then be able to renew their plan for a second extension of up to six months, at their current level of intensity, or less where clinically appropriate.

 

·         Continuing to issue childhood budgets as the government works toward its needs-based program.

 

As previously announced, Ontario is investing an additional $278 million in the province's autism program, bringing the total amount of funding to $600 million annually.

 

“As a result of listening to families, service providers and advocates across Ontario in the past few weeks, it is clear we all share a goal to provide the best care and make a positive difference in the lives of children and families living with autism in Ontario,” said Smith.

 

Smith said he is looking forward to receiving the expert advice of the advisory panel.

 

“I have every confidence that, together, we will get this right. It’s clear we need to ask the advisory panel to provide us with a broader set of recommendations and advice – and we need to give them the necessary time to do so,” said Smith. “In the interim, we will continue services for families, move more children into service and give our experts the time they need to bring forth their considered recommendations. These measures will also bring greater transparency for parents and families across Ontario.”

 

While providing his update, Smith was joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, who pledged their collaboration in an integrated service approach.

 

"The advisory panel's expert advice will be critical to ensuring our investments across government, including in Ontario's health care system, promote and advance a truly child-centred approach," said Elliott. "I look forward to receiving their recommendation. In the meantime, we are continuing to listen to families of children and youth with autism and remain fully committed to supporting them through enhanced supports."

 

Added Lecce: “Our government is committed to ensuring that Ontario schools are safe and inclusive places for students with autism. We will work tirelessly with Ontario families, educators and school boards to achieve seamless transition and enhance school-based supports.”

 

QUICK FACTS

·         The province's 20-member autism expert panel includes parents of children with autism, clinicians, autism self-advocates, service providers, former public servants and others.

 

 

 

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