FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
- 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.