News & Public Notices
Canada and Ontario make new funding available for transformative infrastructure projects in Kingston
March 16, 2018 -
Funding of over $78 million available in federal and provincial funding for local public transit projects
The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of over $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government. These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.
Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will be making unprecedented investments towards infrastructure across Ontario and providing the flexibility for its communities to identify their priorities and projects. These investments will help transform Canada in four priority areas: public transit; green infrastructure; community, culture and recreation infrastructure; and rural and northern community infrastructure.
Under the public transit stream, Kingston will receive more than $42 million in federal funding and over $35 million in provincial funding to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Kingstonians live, move and work.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.
"Efficient and sustainable public transit plays an important role in keeping our communities among the best places in the world to live, while contributing to clean economic growth. Kingston Transit is already outpacing other cities in Canada in terms of growth in ridership, and by working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are delivering real support to further enhance services and benefit residents of Kingston and the Islands."
- Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands
"Public infrastructure such as public transit, recreation facilities, and green projects support thriving communities and a high quality of life across our province. This bi-lateral agreement and investment in Kingston Transit will help improve and maintain the network that people in our community use to get to work in the morning and return home to their loved ones at night."
- Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands
"This is great news for transit and transportation in our city. This kind of long term investment means we can take our service to new heights. Over the years Kingston City Council has invested heavily in our transit service making it easier, more affordable and accessible to use and it's paying off; we're seeing record growth. We're happy the province and the federal governments are making transit a priority and we look forward to continuing to work together.
- Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston
Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion.
As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver over 11.8 billion to Ontario over the next decade through a new bilateral agreement under four funding streams:
- $8,340,401,116 for public transit;
- $2,848,855,330 for green infrastructure;
- $407,159,893 for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
- $250,067,117 for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities.
- Kingston Transit will receive $ 42,885,998.03 in federal funding
- Kingston Transit will receive $35, 380, 948 in provincial funding
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
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Office of MP Mark Gerretsen
Office of MPP Sophie Kiwala
Office of Mayor Bryan Paterson
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613-546-4291, ext. 1405