Ontario to nominate two Belleville projects for ICIP public transit stream, contribute $2.2 million in funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2019

Belleville – Ontario is working to support the City of Belleville and get people moving by investing in transit infrastructure within the municipality.

Todd Smith, the Bay of Quinte MPP and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, announced today the Province of Ontario has nominated Belleville’s Northeast Industrial Park active transportation project under the multi-level Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) public transit stream.

Smith explained the Province has committed to funding its maximum allowable percentage – one-third of total eligible project costs for new bus purchases and for new and upgraded bus shelters along a multi-use trail network in the area of Adam Street, University Avenue, Jamieson Bone Road and College Street East.  Ontario’s contribution toward the bus purchases will be $1,110,088.98 and its contribution to the shelter project will be $1,099,890.

“Belleville has been aggressively improving infrastructure in its Northeast Industrial Park and that investment is sustaining 15,000 good jobs in the Quinte region,” said Smith.  “This project will provide a convenient, green connection for residents to access those jobs, St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School, and the Quinte Health and Wellness Centre. It also presents an express route to further growth. We’re pleased to work with the City in building this needed infrastructure.”

Smith stated the provincial funding is contingent on the federal government making its own contribution to the project and called for an expedient decision on the projects’ eligibility under the ICIP program.

“These initiatives promise to make a real difference in people’s lives and we’re excited to get shovels in the ground,” said Smith. “Now it’s up to the federal government to approve them.”

Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk was pleased to hear the projects were nominated.

“Today’s announcement by MPP Todd Smith is deeply appreciated,” added Panciuk.  “Improving transportation access for the thousands working in the City’s Northeast Industrial Park has been a priority for the City and we have made great strides with this.  These funds would enable us to continue creating a safe, green transportation network within this area.”

The two projects are among 144 transit projects outside the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) nominated by Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott under the public transit stream. If approved, the projects – coupled with five major projects in the GTHA – will leverage up to $8.3 billion in investment.

“The transit projects announced today promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Scott. "Better public transit creates stronger communities. It helps people spend less time commuting to work and home, and more time doing the things they love with those they care about most.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is federal-provincial cost-sharing program, which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10 years. 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. Application intakes for the latter two streams will take place by the end of 2019.
  • The Province previously nominated 144 road, bridge, air, and marine infrastructure projects under the Rural and Northern stream for municipalities with populations under 100,000.
  • Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s or municipalities’ 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.
  • Quinte West also had two projects nominated by the Province under the transit stream. The provincial contribution would be $342,153.38 toward service expansion and technological upgrades projects worth $1,651,400.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCE

Budget 2019:  budget.on.ca

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