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

 

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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

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Ontario’s Government for the People Cutting Red Tape

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Actions to reduce regulatory burden would make it easier for businesses to create jobs — and for people to find them

BELLEVILLE, ON – Today Todd Smith, MPP, announced that Ontario’s Government for the people is eliminating red tape and burdensome regulations so businesses can grow, create and protect good jobs in Bay of Quinte.

The Ontario government has developed a package of over 30 actions to reduce the burden on job creators. If passed, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act will, along with regulatory changes, cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with other jurisdictions, end duplication and reduce barriers to investment.

“Unnecessary red tape has driven up the cost of living and doing business in Ontario” said Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden. “By lightening the regulatory burden, we’re ensuring Ontario is competitive, and that job creators are able to grow and invest in communities like Quinte. When our job creators thrive, our workers thrive.”

The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act also includes actions to help reduce burdens on families and workers. For instance, proposed changes to give home-based child care providers more flexibility in the number and ages of children they can care for would make it easier for parents to find affordable child care so they could re-enter the job market. And if passed, the act will allow commercial truck drivers the option of an electronic cab card, making it easier to confirm driver credentials and reduce paperwork.

These proposals would build on actions taken through the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which removed onerous burdens on employers while maintaining strong protections for workers, and made it easier for job creators to hire the skilled tradespeople they need.

This package is part of the government’s multi-year Open for Business Action Plan, which is tackling the red tape that’s driving jobs and investment out of the province. The plan includes a target to reduce regulatory red tape affecting businesses by 25%. Every ministry across the government will have targets to meet, which will cut regulatory burden in many sectors.

“The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act is the second in a series of bills targeted at getting government out of the way of the job creators. We’re going to lower business costs to make Ontario more competitive. And we’re going to continue to work hard every day to create and keep good jobs right here in Ontario,” said Smith.

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