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Important Federal Funding Update: Feds Grant PTIF Extension to March 2020

Important Federal Funding Update: Feds Grant PTIF Extension to March 2020
The federal government has announced that funding under its Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) will be extended and that recipients may now incur eligible costs up to and including March 31, 2020. This extension will be available for those jurisdictions that meet the agreed-upon reporting requirements prior to March 31, 2018. These include the submission of any outstanding progress reports containing accurate start and end dates as well as baseline reports.

CUTA has been sharing with the federal government that many of our members were experiencing challenges under the previous deadline of March 31, 2018. We are very pleased to see that the government has been responsive to our industry’s concerns for transit investment in Canadian communities.

Transit systems looking for more information about the PTIF deadline should contact their respective provincial government stakeholders, listed below:

Alberta
Ashley Bhatia, Director, Public Transportation Policy and Programs, Alberta Transportation (780-427-9781) - Email: ashley.bhatia@gov.ab.ca
Jacqueline Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, Transit Funding Policy, Alberta Transportation (780-643-6700) – Email: jacqueline.lee@gov.ab.ca

British Columbia
Silas Brownsey, Executive Director (Transit), Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (250- 387-4851) - Email: Silas.Brownsey@gov.bc.ca

Manitoba
Jenna Junkin (204-945-4074) or (800-268-4883) - Email: infra@gov.mb.ca

New Brunswick
Director of Community Funding Branch, Environment and Local Government (506-457-4947) - CWWF-FEPTEU@gnb.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador
Ian Duffett, Municipal Affairs (1-709-729-3068) - Email: ianduffett@gov.nl.ca

Northwest Territories
Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (867-767-9160 ext. 21012) - Email: chris_hewitt@gov.nt.ca

Nova Scotia
Aileen Waller-Hebb (902-424-7414) - Email: Aileen.Waller-Hebb@novascotia.ca

Nunavut
Linda Casson, Community Infrastructure Division, Community and Government Services (867-975-5336)
Email: lcasson@gov.nu.ca

Ontario
Tasneem Essaji, Manager, Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transportation (416-585-6312) - Tasneem.Essaji@ontario.ca

Prince Edward Island
Darlene Rhodenizer (902-368-6213) - Email: dlrhodenizer@gov.pe.ca

Quebec
Direction du transport terrestre des personnes (418-644-0324)

Saskatchewan
Municipal Infrastructure and Finance (306-787-1262) - Email: infra@gov.sk.ca

Yukon 
John McGovern, Department of Community Services (867-667-8954) - Email: john.mcgovern@gov.yk.ca

For more information about CUTA’s work on PTIF please contact Jeff Mackey at mackey@cutaactu.ca.

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund - Phase II 

On July 6, 2017, the federal government communicated some important details about Phase II of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). Please find below the exact allocation that each province will receive under PTIF and under the Green Infrastructure Fund.

Province or Territory

PTIF Phase II Allotment

Green Infrastructure Stream

Alberta

$2,096,548,228

$1,001,082,871

British Columbia

$2,691,101,894

$1,115,494,721

Manitoba

$546,139,840

$451,790,568

New Brunswick

$165,202,662

$347,151,232

Newfoundland and Labrador

$109,071,324

$302,364,807

Nova Scotia

$289,589,324

$381,914,606

Northwest Territories

$8,344,774

$208,230,295

Nunavut

$6,067,664*

$207,079,637

Ontario

$8,340,401,116

$2,848,855,330

Prince Edward Island

$27,063,775

$228,147,387

Quebec

$5,182,392,771

$1,808,076,797

Saskatchewan

$307,871,025

$416,334,673

Yukon

$9,944,170

$207,065,850


You will find attached a short document that highlights the key elements of PTIF. You can also find all the information, including the letters sent by Minister Sohi to his provincial and territorial counterparts, here: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html#letters

Key elements and news include:

  • Allocation from the province to the transit systems will be based on 100% ridership. Allocation from the federal government to the provinces used 70% provincial ridership and 30% provincial population.
  • Provinces will have a mandatory minimum cost share of 33.33%
  • Transit and active transportation projects will be eligible under the Green Infrastructure Fund
  • Bilateral agreements with provinces and territories will be negotiated over the coming weeks and months, with the goal of concluding negotiations by March 2018 at the latest.

As always, CUTA will remain closely involved with the federal government and we will keep you updated on development and news in a timely fashion.

Don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Mackey, CUTA’s Public Policy Coordinator, should you require additional information.