Ontario’s Government for the People Announces Grants to Help Improve Transit in Communities Across the Province

Forty Ontario Communities to Receive Funding to Support Projects.

BAY OF QUINTE - MPP for Bay of Quinte, Todd Smith announced today that Prince Edward County will receive $500,000 and Quinte West will receive $303,135 of support through the Community Transportation Grant Program.

“This investment will improve the quality of life for many people in our communities that are currently underserved by transit. Whether it’s seniors, students or others, access to transit helps people get where they need to be and live active, independent lives,” said Smith.

Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 40 communities across the province improve transportation services within and between communities to make it easier for people to get around.

Through the program, the province will provide municipalities with $30 million over five years to support local transit and intercommunity bus service in areas with little or no public transit. Funding will be provided for 45 different projects in 40 communities.

The program will make it more convenient for Ontarians, including seniors, students, youths and persons with disabilities to access essential services in their communities, connect with other transportation services, and travel between cities and towns.

BACKGROUND

  • Up to $30 million in grants over five years will be awarded to municipalities to partner with community organizations, health agencies, transit agencies, school-bus and private transportation operators, to coordinate local transportation services and/or run intercommunity routes.
  • The new Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a successful pilot program that provided nearly $3 million in funding for 22 municipalities since 2015.
  • In the first year of the pilot program, more than 28,000 people used the new services to make more than 105,000 trips.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Ontario’s Government Boosts Bay of Quinte Transit Funding

Support will Help Enhance and Expand Transit Systems Across Ontario

BAY OF QUINTE – All three municipalities in the Bay of Quinte riding will see an increase in allocated funding from Ontario’s gas tax program.

Bay of Quinte MPP, Todd Smith is pleased to announce $737,657 will be allocated to Belleville, Quinte West will receive $506,885 and Prince Edward County will be allocated $118,007 for 2018/19.

Yesterday, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, and Parliamentary Assistant Kinga Surma announced that Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems with Ontario’s gas tax program.

“We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and attract more riders,” said Yurek. “More public transit will cut through gridlock and get people moving.” 

This year, the province is providing $364 million in gas tax funding to 107 municipalities providing public transit service to 144 communities across Ontario. These communities represent over 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.

Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province. The program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures, at their own discretion, including upgrading transit infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, adding more routes and extending hours of service.

Ontario Gas Tax Program – Bay of Quinte Allocations

Municipality

2017/18

2018/19

Difference (%)

Belleville

$698,196

$737,657

5.6% increase

Quinte West

$496,408

$506,885

2.1% increase

Prince Edward County

$97,980

$118,007

20.4% increase

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • The share that each municipality receives under Ontario’s gas tax program is based on a formula of 70 percent ridership and 30 percent population. These funds serve both the needs of large and small municipal transit systems.
  • Municipalities that contribute financially to public transit services are eligible for funding. Municipalities not currently providing transit can become eligible for funding if they start up fully-accessible transit services.

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2018-19 Gas Tax Funding by Municipality - https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2019/01/2018-19-gas-tax-funding-by-municipality.html

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Media Contact: Lacy Shunock | 613-962-1144 | Lacy.shunock@pc.ola.org

 


Ontario’s Government for the People Supporting Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Helping more people get end-of-life care in a home-like setting.

BELLEVILLE, ON. — Ontario’s Government for the People is providing more people in the Quinte region with the compassionate care they deserve.

Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the government is moving forward with plans to build 6 new hospice beds for Hospice Quinte with an investment of $1.2 Million from the province.

“Building new hospice beds across Ontario will provide people with end-of-life care and support in a more comfortable setting,” said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. “With early investments like these, our government is ensuring that these patients are provided with the proper comfort, dignity and respect they deserve. This will also help make more beds available for those who need hospital care. Our government is moving quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as we develop our long-term transformational health care strategy.”

Hospices provide patients with palliative care in a comfortable space, where they can be close to loved ones. In this environment, family and friends can have peace of mind knowing that patients will have access to appropriate end-of-life care. Hospice care focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like psychological, spiritual and bereavement support.

“Our government is increasing access to hospice beds across the province, by providing appropriate end-of-life care for those who need it,” said Todd Smith, local MPP and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “This investment is helping alleviate the pressures on our health care system, by ensuring more hospital beds remain available for those in need of acute care. Our government is committed to ending hallway healthcare.”

“Today’s announcement will truly benefit our communities. Building a hospice residence means we will be able provide appropriate, desirable and cost effective care for patients nearing end of life who find they can’t stay at home for their final days,” said Jennifer May-Anderson, Executive Director for Hospice Quinte. “Hospice Quinte appreciates the Government’s support and looks forward to continuing to work with the Government to help ensure access to hospice palliative care in our region.”

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Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the province.
  • When these beds open, the government will provide $20.3 million each year in operational funding for nursing, personal support, and other services.
  • The government is supporting an additional 6,000 new long-term care beds – the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds being added in the next five years.
  • Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including 640 new beds and spaces.

Media Contact: Lacy Shunock | 613-962-1144 | Lacy.shunock@pc.ola.org