Ontario Gives Boost to Public Transit in Mississauga

Published on January 21, 2022

Ontario Gives Boost to Public Transit in Mississauga

Mississauga– The Ontario government is providing more than $18.9 Millions to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in the City of Mississauga. The funding is part of the province’s Gas Tax program which will allocate $375.6 million this year to 107 municipalities that deliver public transit.


“Our government knows that supporting public transit systems is more important than ever as communities struggle to maintain service levels during COVID-19,” said Sheref Sabawy, MPP for Mississauga – Erin Mills “That is why we have topped up this year’s Gas Tax funding to make up for reduced sales at the pump.”


Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax revenue, which can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.


To make up for reduced gas sales due to COVID-19, this year’s Gas Tax funding includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million to ensure municipalities can support their transit systems. The City of Mississauga will receive $18,932,146.00 and the Region of Peel will receive $482,539.00.


“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how critical public transit is for frontline workers and for Ontarians who depend on these services to get to medical appointments, the grocery store and other important locations,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Gas Tax funding remains a vital source of long-term transit funding that municipalities can rely on to help operate and expand existing public transit services – ensuring people have access to safe and reliable transportation when they need it.”


QUICK FACTS

▪ The 107 municipalities receiving funding through the Gas Tax program deliver public transit service to 142 communities representing more than 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.
▪ The provincial and federal governments are providing up to $2.15 billion to support municipal transit systems across the province in response to COVID-19 through the Safe Restart Agreement.
▪ Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. The province has released draft regional transportation plans for Northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario, and planning is underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and eastern Ontario.

 

ADDITIONAL QUOTES


“Our government recognizes the importance of public transit systems and the challenges our communities face in order to maintain service levels during this pandemic,” said Nina Tangri, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “This Gas Tax Program will provide funding of over $18 million to the City of Mississauga and over $400,000 to the Region of Peel, which will continue to benefit our community, as it will help municipalities support local public transit systems and help increase overall ridership.”


“Through Gas Tax funding, our government is addressing the effects of COVID-19 on transportation and ensuring municipalities have the resources to improve and maintain public transit operations, said MPP Deepak Anand, Mississauga-Malton. It will directly support commuters, including essential workers, students, and seniors in Mississauga-Malton and across Region of Peel by supporting upgrades in infrastructure and services that meet their needs.”


"Topping up this year's Gas Tax funding will help the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel deal with unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "Our government will continue to provide stable and reliable funding to keep municipal transit systems running safely, and to help improve and expand services for the future, including the new Hurontario LRT and Lakeshore BRT corridors."


“The gas tax funding allocated to the City of Mississauga will help our residents and businesses receive those services in a more efficient and effective manner.” Said MPP Kaleed Rasheed, Mississauga East – Cooksville. “It will allow the community to continue and prosper during these unprecedented times.”


“Public transit is at the heart of our communities, ensuring that people can get to the places that they want to go, when they want to go.” Said Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga – Centre “Maintaining a strong transit system that remains as accessible as possible to the residents of Mississauga will be crucial as our city continues to grow as a world-class destination. With this move, the government of Ontario is ensuring that public transit and public infrastructure continues to be supported, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put strains on transit systems across the province.”