Francesco Sorbara MP, MP Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan Woodbridge, MP for Vaughan Woodbridge, Chair Canada-Italy Inter-Parliamentary Group,

Francesco Sorbara

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New public transit funding available for transformative infrastructure projects in York Region

Supporting new projects that build prosperous communities and transition to a clean growth economy

Vaughan, ON – April 11, 2018—The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

On March 14, 2018, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $11.8 billion through the Investing in Canada plan over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects. The projects supported through this agreement will have a total value of over $31 billion, including $10 billion committed by the Ontario government. These projects will be cost-shared with the Ontario government, municipalities and other partners.

Through this agreement, the governments of Canada and Ontario will be making unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, and recreational and cultural infrastructure.

Under the public transit stream, York Region will receive $203,643,532 in federal funding and nearly $168,006,000 in provincial funding to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way residents live, move and work.

These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.

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Our government is investing in better public transit for the people of York Region because we know that public transit plays an important role in connecting people to their communities. The federal government’s incredible investment in our local transit networks will help people get where they need to be efficiently and sustainably,” – Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge

“Through both provincial and federal funding, York Region will receive a combined total of $371,649,532. This significant investment will be used to build new transit networks and service extensions, continuing to transform the landscape of infrastructure in Vaughan and across Ontario.” – Steven Del Duca, MPP – Vaughan

“I am extremely proud of our governments additional investment of $203.6M in York Region public transit, through Budget 2017, in addition to approximately $168M in Provincial funding. This new investment to expand transit networks and service levels will provide more opportunity for York Region residents to choose transit to commute and move about in the Region.” – Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan

 Quick facts

  • Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects across Canada worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion, including more than 2,000 projects worth more than $1.6 billion in Ontario.
  • As part of the Plan, Infrastructure Canada will deliver $33 billion over the next decade through new bilateral agreements with provinces and territories under four funding streams:
    • $20.1 billion for public transit;
    • $9.2 billion for green infrastructure;
    • $1.3 billion for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure; and
    • $2.4 billion for wide-ranging infrastructure needs in rural and northern communities.
  • Ontario is investing $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014–15. This represents the largest infrastructure investment in the province’s history to support priority projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and public transit.
  • The funding provided under the bilateral agreement also includes up to $660 million committed to the Scarborough Subway Extension project in Toronto, which will be reviewed when formally submitted by the province. The Government of Ontario will continue to work closely with the City of Toronto on this project. The province has already committed to supporting it through previously approved public transit investment funding.
  • This funding provided to Ontario under the bilateral agreement includes almost $1.5 billion that has been committed through the Investing in Canada plan for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 project and the Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure project in Toronto.

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Office of Francesco Sorbara, MP

Vaughan-Woodbridge

905-264-6446

Francesco.sorbara@parl.gc.ca