Bay of Quinte – Ontario’s Government For The People is investing in critical transit priorities in the Bay of Quinte riding.
“I am happy to announce that a total estimated Federal, Provincial and Municipal contribution of $22.7 million has been allocated to the riding for transit projects that will lead to less congestion, faster commutes and more family time.” said Todd Smith, MPP for the Bay of Quinte.
On April 2, Bay of Quinte municipalities including Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West, along with 84 other eligible municipalities, will be able to nominate their most critical public transit projects for consideration under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). This stream will fund construction, expansion and improvement of public transit networks.
“Our economy, our communities, and our families all rely on infrastructure,” said MPP Smith. “The Public Transit Stream will build and improve transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way that people in Bay of Quinte live, move and work.”
Ontario’s government is working for the people to improve transit. Yesterday, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure and Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced the opening of $1.62 billion in shared funding for commuter-friendly projects.
“Our communities count on commuter infrastructure to get people to work and home again to their families,” said Minister McNaughton. ”Our government’s investment will make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.”
The first intake of the Public Transit Stream of the 10-year infrastructure program will unlock up to $1.62 billion in joint provincial and federal funding for critical public transit outside the GTHA. In total, ICIP will unlock up to $30 billion in combined federal, provincial, and local investments in Ontario communities as part of a 10-year bilateral agreement.
Municipalities can easily apply for all ICIP funding streams using the Grants Ontario website, a ‘one-window’ source that handles application intake, review, nomination, reporting and transfer payment management processes.
“Our government is listening and has heard the infrastructure needs of our municipalities,” said Minister McNaughton. “We are committed to cutting red tape for local governments, while funding local infrastructure priorities in the province.”
- 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 $10.2 billion spread across four streams:
- Rural and Northern
- Public Transit
- Community, Culture and Recreation.
- Funding is allocated to transit systems based on their share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
- The application intake for the first ICIP stream, the Rural and Northern stream, was opened for an eight-week period on March 18. It is open to approximately 500 municipalities and Indigenous communities with populations under 100,000.
- More information on future intakes, including for those municipalities inside the GTHA, will be available soon. Intakes for other streams will launch later this year.
Investments Will Support Communities, Respect Taxpayer Dollars
Bay of Quinte – More funding is on its way to the Bay of Quinte in support of Ontario’s small and rural municipalities. Following the announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year.
“I am pleased to share that the Bay of Quinte, including Belleville, Quinte West and Prince Edward County will receive a combined total of $1.53 million,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “This payment puts Ontarians at the heart of municipal decision making.”
An announcement made on March 20, 2019 by Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, means a one-time investment will flow in this fiscal year. With this funding, municipalities can improve service delivery by finding smarter, more efficient ways to spend money that help those who need it most while respecting taxpayer dollars. Examples could include service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, IT solutions, capital investments or other projects. Municipalities will decide how to best target funding to benefit their local communities.
"Taxpayers need their local government to deliver modern, efficient services that show respect for their hard-earned dollars. This funding will help small and rural municipalities improve how they deliver services and reduce the ongoing costs of providing those services," said MPP Clark. "I look forward to continuing to work together with our municipal partners to help people and businesses in communities across our province thrive."
Ontario's government for the people was elected to restore transparency and accountability in Ontario's finances. The province undertook a line-by-line review of its own expenditures, and we have been clear that we expect our partners, including municipalities, to be taking steps to become more efficient.
"This financial support from the Province will help in our ongoing efforts to make sure the Bay of Quinte operates as efficiently as possible,” said MPP Smith.
The funding supports Ontario's commitment to reduce the cost of government.
- 405 municipalities will receive funding.
- Prince Edward County will receive $725,000
- Quinte West will receive $725,000
- Belleville will receive $87,338
- To ensure investments are targeted to where they are needed most, funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a municipality and whether the municipality is urban or rural.
Government Invites Public Input on Reducing Litter and Waste
Ontario’s government is working for the people to keep our province clean and beautiful for generations to come by taking steps to reduce litter and waste in our communities, increase and improve household recycling, and keep the province clean and beautiful, as committed to in our environment plan.
“There is no denying that we need to protect our planet for generations to come – and that starts with taking steps to reduce litter and waste in our communities. Waste pollution affects the health and well-being of the province and our families,” said Todd Smith, MPP, Bay of Quinte. “With new technologies, creative thinking and a lot of hard work, it is our government’s hope that this invitation for public feedback will help us create a strategy that is sustainable and can reduce, and prevent, existing waste damage.”
The province is inviting public feedback on proposals to reduce plastic litter and waste in our neighbourhoods and parks including the Bay of Quinte. We are looking at ways to divert and reduce food and organic waste from households and businesses and increase opportunities for people to participate in waste reduction efforts. A discussion paper has been posted on the Environment Registry for a 45-day period.
“The families and businesses I hear from want to participate in reducing the amount of waste going to landfill as part of our shared responsibility to preserve our environment for future generations,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. “I’m pleased our government is gathering feedback from the public as part of our comprehensive approach to reduce litter and waste in our communities under our made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.”
"We know that Ontarians want to do their part to reduce litter and waste, whether at home, at work or on the go," said Rod Phillips, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "There are so many great ideas out there in the province that we want to build on to reduce waste and divert more of it away from landfills and get our diversion rate moving in the right direction again.”
Ontario is also committed to making producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging, encouraging them to find new and innovative cost-effective ways to recycle their products and lower costs for consumers. The transition to extended producer responsibility will increase the amount of household material recycled, while shifting the cost of recycling from municipalities – and taxpayers – to producers.
“Litter-reduction efforts will hinge on fostering a greater sense of personal responsibility for the people of Ontario and, in particular, our youth,” said Phillips. “It begins with recognizing that real environmentalism involves more than just the social media of activists and celebrities but is instead founded on the personal decisions each of us make in our day-to-day lives.”
By making a concerted effort to show civic responsibility through our commitment to reduce waste and litter we can all make a lasting difference in ensuring Ontario’s environment is protected for generations to come. This is the latest step in part of the government's made-in-Ontario environment plan to protect our air, land and water, prevent and reduce litter and waste, support Ontarians to continue to do their share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help communities and families increase their resilience to climate change. The plan will help protect the Ontario we know and love, ensuring that its pristine beauties and strong communities can be enjoyed now and in the future.
- Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person each year.
- Our diversion rate has stalled at 30 per cent over the past 15 years, meaning 70 per cent of our waste materials continue to end up in landfills.
- A total of 60 per cent of food and organic waste in Ontario is sent to landfill, emitting methane – a potent greenhouse gas – when it decomposes.
- Every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full-time jobs and $360,000 in wages, as well as totaling more than $700,000 in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Todd Smith, MPP, Bay of Quinte