Ontario

 

Premier

Doug Ford

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Majority Government elected June 7, 2018

 

 

 

Minister Responsible for Public Transit

  • Caroline Mulroney (Transportation)
  • Laurie Scott (Infrastructure)
  • Kinga Surma

Funding and Program Announcements

Budget 2019 

Budget 2019 was this government first budget and included a series of measures that will affect the transit industry. While the vast majority of these measures had been previously released to the public, the document formalized this government’s new vision for transit in Ontario.

Below is a brief breakdown of the transit-related measures outlined in this budget: 

Ontario Gas Tax

  • The province has cancelled the planned increase of gas tax funding from two-cents to four-cents and the government will be consulting with municipalities over the next few months to review the program and identify “opportunities for improvement.”

GTA Expansion Plans

  • The province outlined five major transit projects in the Greater Toronto area worth an estimated $28.5 billion. Of this total, the province is looking to commit $11.2 billion, more than 35% of total project cost. 

TTC Subway Upload

  • Legislation will be introduced in Queens Park during the Spring Session to upload responsibility of all subway extensions and new lines to the province.

Other Capital Announcements 

  • The government also highlighted its $1.2 billion investment in Phase II Ottawa’s Light Rail Project, as well as $1 billion in Hamilton’s Light Rail Project. 
  • Also announced was a plan to redevelop Ontario Place in Toronto, which will likely be tied into the future Ontario Line Terminus Station. 

Student passes

  • As previously announced, students in Ontario will have increased ability to opt-out of student fees. While existing transit pass agreements will be exempt from this new rule, future students pass agreements will be subject to this opt-out clause. 

GO Transit

  • The budget outlined many changes to GO Transit service, including looking into the feasibility of food and beverage service on trains and retail options at stations. 
  • The budget outlined the government’s ‘Market-Driven Transit-Oriented Development Approach’ to capital investments. They are looking to leverage the space above transit stations, like in the new Mimico and Woodbine GO stations.