Ontario providing public transit funding for three Bay of Quinte communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – Ontario is providing $1,466,200 in funding to three local municipalities under the Province’s Gas Tax Program, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced today.

As part of a $375-million provincial program, the City of Belleville will receive $835,335, the City of Quinte West will receive $541,241, and Prince Edward County will receive $89,625. Two cents from every litre of gasoline sold in Ontario is dedicated to the program and allocations are determined by a formula that weighs ridership and municipal population.

“This is excellent news for these three Bay of Quinte municipalities and the residents who rely on transit to access services and employment,” said Smith. “This funding will make necessary travel easier and, in turn, that will support economic recovery in our region.”

The funding can be used to extend transit service hours, buy new vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure. Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, said the money will flow early in 2021 to 109 municipalities delivering public transit in 144 communities.

“Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province,” said Mulroney. “Supporting transit systems is more important than ever as municipalities across Ontario struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help ensure people have access to safe, reliable transportation to get to work or puck up essential items like a prescription.”

Last July, Ontario also provided up to $2 billion from the provincial and federal governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to support municipal transit systems with operating costs like vehicle maintenance, employee wages, revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and costs related to safety enhancements.

Currently, Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. Planning is underway for eastern Ontario.

QUOTES

“We are very pleased to receive word that the City of Belleville is receiving this Gas Tax Program funding from the provincial government. We are committed to strengthening our transit system and have made great strides in doing so even throughout this past pandemic year. We have made substantial upgrades, some of which include bus replacement, transit pass vending machines, accessible bus stops, many with new shelters, and a real time bus arrival monitoring system. These funds will help us continue to provide and improve our City transit service.”

Mayor Mitch Panciuk, City of Belleville

"The best way to move towards the future starts with being able to move throughout the city. The provincial gas tax funding will greatly assist our ability to provide quality transit service to our residents."

Mayor Jim Harrison, City of Quinte West

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE

  • 2020-2021 gas tax funding by municipality: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/59950/2020-21-gas-tax-funding-by-municipality