Transit Funding in Kenora-Rainy River

Published on January 15, 2021

Ontario Providing Transit Funding for Kenora–Rainy River

Supporting Local Economic Recovery Efforts by Investing in Public Transit

KENORA–RAINY RIVER — Ontario is providing $266,623 in funding to support public transit in municipalities across Kenora–Rainy River through Ontario’s Gas Tax program. The City of Dryden will be receiving $42,005, the Town of Fort Frances will receive $72,298, City of Kenora will receive $143,336, and the Municipality of Machin will receive $8,984.

“The Gas Tax program provides critical funding for our local public transit networks in Kenora, Dryden, Machin and Fort Frances,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River. “Additional funding for public transit makes it easier for Northerners to get where they need to go and supports economic recovery in our communities.” 

Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities supporting public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected. This funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

“Our government is committed to helping municipalities sustain and improve public transit throughout the province,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Supporting transit systems is more important than ever as municipalities across Ontario struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help ensure people have access to safe, reliable transportation to get to work or pick up essential items like a prescription.”

“We really appreciate the continued support from MPP Greg Rickford, Minister Mulroney and the Provincial Government with gas tax funding,” said June Caul, Mayor of the Town of Fort Frances. “This funding is so critical to municipalities to enable us to continue offering essential services and asset management plans for the future wellbeing of our communities. Thank you very much for this positive announcement as we attempt to function during this difficult time.”

QUICK FACTS

·       The 109 municipalities receiving funding through the Gas Tax program deliver public transit service to 144 communities representing more than 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.

·       In July 2020, the province announced up to $2 billion from the provincial and federal governments under the Safe Restart Agreement to support municipal transit systems with operating costs like vehicle maintenance and employee wages, revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other costs like installing driver protection barriers.

·       Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. The province has released draft regional transportation plans for Northern Ontario and southwestern Ontario, and planning is underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and eastern Ontario.