Ontario Helping Communities Across the Province Improve Transit
Support will Help People Get Around Within and Between Communities
The Ontario government announced support for transit projects in communities across the province that will make life easier for people living in areas with few public transportation options.
The Ontario Community Transportation Grant Program will provide $30 million over five years to 39 municipalities to partner with community organizations to co-ordinate local transportation services, so more rides can be provided to more people, and to more destinations.
Of the 39 municipalities, Leamington is the only one in Essex County and will receive a Community Transportation Grant worth $606,040.
“We are working with municipalities to support programs that will help Ontarians stay connected to their communities, so they can access employment and social programs, attend appointments, visit friends and family, and maintain an independent and active lifestyle,” – Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation
Since the inception of this program in 2015, more than 28,000 people have used new services to make more than 105,000 trips.
- Up to $30 million in grants over five years will be awarded to municipalities to partner with community organizations, health agencies, transit agencies, school bus and private transportation operators to coordinate local transportation services and/or run intercommunity routes.
- The Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a community transportation program that provided nearly $3 million in funding for 22 municipalities since 2015.