Ontario

Photo of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Premier

Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Liberal Party
Majority Government elected June 12, 2014

Minister Responsible for Public Transit

Steven Del Duca (Transportation)

Funding and Program Announcements

Budget 2015

The provincial budget tabled on April 23, 2015 committed to $31.5 billion in funding over 10 years for the Moving Ontario Forward plan ($2.6 billion more than previously identified). Of that total, $16 billion will be invested in transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and the remaining $15 billion in transportation and other priority projects elsewhere in the province. The budget committed the province to evaluating and prioritizing infrastructure needs outside the GTHA based on economic, social and environmental returns, and it includes a cap-and-trade carbon pricing mechanism which will generate proceeds that can be invested in public transit. Transit projects that received major funding commitments in the budget included:

  • The 23-kilometre Hurontario-Main light rail transit line in Mississauga and Brampton, which received full funding for construction starting in 2018 and finishing in 2022
  • A rapid transit line in the City of Hamilton
  • Expansion and electrification of GO Train lines as part of the move to frequent, all-day Regional Express Rail service

Gas Tax Program

In November 2014, the province confirmed $321.5 million in gas tax funding for 96 municipalities to help them expand fleets and improve accessibility and service levels. More information on the Gas Tax Program

Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program

In November 2014, the province announced a new pilot program to improve community transportation services for seniors, persons living with disabilities, youth, and other members of the community who need transportation. It will fund municipalities and their partners (e.g. health and community agencies, transit agencies, school-bus operators, private transit operators) so that vehicles and drivers can carry clients of multiple organizations, such as community and social health services, to a common destination. By April 2015, 22 municipalities had been selected to receive up to $100,000 each. More information on Community Transportation

GO Bus Terminal

In September 2014, Metrolinx announced that it will partner with a private developer to build a new GO Bus terminal in downtown Toronto. The terminal gives commuters a more seamless travel experience by putting intercity bus carriers, GO Transit, VIA Rail, the TTC and UP Express in one location.  Three years of construction are expected to start in spring 2015.