Canada's New Government funds transit security in Ontario



    OTTAWA, April 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $967,500 in
funding to enhance transit security in Ontario.
    The following funding is being provided: The City of Brampton will
receive up to $150,000; the City of Hamilton will receive up to $75,000; the
City of Mississauga will receive up to $75,000; the City of Sarnia will
receive up to $120,000; the City of Waterloo will receive up to $75,000; the
City of Windsor will receive up to $75,000; the City of York will receive up
to $112,500; and Greyhound Canada will receive up to $285,000.
    "This funding of $967,500 represents an important step towards securing
transit systems province-wide," said Minister Cannon. "Preparing for potential
threats to our communities reinforces the measures already underway in larger
metropolitan centres."
    Under round two of Transit-Secure, the Government of Canada's passenger
rail and urban transit security contribution program, up to $2 million in
funding will be provided to rail and urban transit operators outside Canada's
six major urban areas, as well as inter-city rail and bus companies.
    The two-year, $80-million application-based contribution program,
launched in July 2006, is one of the programs included in the $115 million in
funding announced by Prime Minister Harper for Initial Measures to Enhance the
Security of Canada's Passenger Rail and Urban Transit Operations. The program
provides direct assistance to passenger rail and urban transit operators to
further enhance their security measures and to be better equipped to address
potential threats of terrorism.
    "Canada's New Government continues to make investments in the security of
our transportation systems," added Minister Cannon. "The funding announced
today will help smaller operators, along with inter-city rail and bus
companies, develop the building blocks that will help them further enhance
their systems."
    Round two of Transit-Secure will provide eligible operators in Ontario
with financial assistance to carry out risk assessments and to develop
security plans.
    Up to $37 million in funding for round one of this program was announced
in November 2006. The first round was open to operators in the six largest
urban areas in Canada - Montreal, the National Capital Region, Toronto,
Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. These operators, along with rail and transit
operators outside the six major urban areas who have not yet received funding,
will be eligible under future rounds of funding.
    Under the program, funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with
75 per cent from the federal government and 25 per cent from the recipient.
This funding is part of $1.4 billion in national security funding committed in
Budget 2006 for a variety of security initiatives that will help protect
Canadians and their communities, including $254 million for transportation
security.

    Details of the contribution program are available at
www.tc.gc.ca/vigilance/sep/rail/Contribution_Program/menu.htm.




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For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613)
991-0700; Nicole McNeely, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613)
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