31 March 2017 – St. Catharines, ON
New infrastructure investments in Niagara will improve municipal transit.
Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.
Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, and Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced new public transit projects have been recently approved in several Niagara municipalities.
These projects are part of a list of 312 projects announced across Ontario on March 31, 2017, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
Today’s Public Transit Infracture Fund investment in Niagara includes significant financial commitment to the following communities:
City of St. Catharines – $8,728,500
Thorold – $626,912
Niagara Region – $344,143
Port Colborne – $96,500
Fort Erie – $149,056
Niagara Falls – $3,403,104
Niagara-on-the-Lake – $72,610
Welland – $1,498,572
Also on March 31, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the importance of public transit to Canadians as stated in Budget 2017, and announced federal funding for major GO Transit Regional Express Rail projects across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
“Here in Canada’s Canal Corridor Riding, and in neighbouring parts of the Region, our extensive, well-developed multi-modal transportation network, including, rail, road, and water, provides a strong foundation upon which to grow the Region’s economy. This trade corridor is vital, not only for the amount of goods that it moves, but also for its connection to people and their ability to move freely and easily throughout the Region, and beyond, for both work and play. Smart infrastructure investments, such as the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, builds upon this foundation, ensuring productive and sustainable growth in Niagara, which will benefit current, and future, generations.
Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
“Improved access to public transit across Niagara is fundamental to our growth as a Region. I’m encouraged by the work Niagara municipalities have undertaken towards inter-municipal transit and I’m proud that the federal government is a partner in this work. The Government of Canada recognizes how important efficient and sustainable transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting kids to school, employees to work, and seniors to the services they need on time and back home quickly regardless of the municipality they live in.”
Member of Parliament for St. Catharines
“This funding will help us accommodate growing demand for transit services and improve the accessibility of our fleet for a more comfortable commute. These investments by the federal government support our ongoing commitment to helping the people of St. Catharines in their daily lives.
Member of Provincial Parliament for St. Catharines
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- To support public transit networks and service extensions, Budget 2017 proposes $20.1 billion over 11 years for provinces and territories.
- Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
- The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php
Sarah Cozzi, Legislative Assistant to Vance Badawey
Peter Opdam, Special Assistant to Chris Bittle