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