Government of Canada funds new transit security projects in Ontario



    TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Colin Carrie, MP for Oshawa, on behalf of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced that transit operators and other eligible
recipients in Ontario will receive up to $5,256,075 in funding for the
development of training programs; the upgrade of access control measures,
security technology and communication equipment; and the development of risk
assessments and security plans. The funding is being provided through the
fourth round of Transit-Secure, the Government of Canada's passenger rail and
urban transit security contribution program.
    "The Government of Canada has made a commitment to improve the security
of our transportation system," said Minister Cannon. "Through this fourth
round of funding, we are meeting that commitment here in Ontario and right
across the country. We are reinforcing measures already underway, addressing
potential threats and ensuring that transit systems are safe and secure, to
help protect Canadians and their families."
    The $80-million application-based contribution program, launched in June
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.
    Under round four of Transit-Secure, up to $19,882,745 will be provided to
rail and urban transit operators in some of Canada's largest urban centres.
    "With the funding announced today, we are helping transit operators to
make Canada's urban transit systems among the safest in the world," said
Mr. Carrie.
    Under the program, funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with up to
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, including $254 million for
transportation security, that will help protect Canadians and their
communities.

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

    A backgrounder listing round four funding recipients is attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder
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              FUNDING RECIPIENTS - ROUND FOUR OF TRANSIT-SECURE
              -------------------------------------------------

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    City/Province      Operator                 Funding    Types of projects
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    Montreal, Quebec   Agence métropolitaine    $11,550    Communication
                       de transport (AMT)                  Equipment
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $28,050    Infrastructure
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $120,000    Internal
                                                           Assessments
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $120,000    Access Control
                                                           Measures
                                             --------------------------------
                                             $1,680,116    Surveillance
                                                           Technologies
                       ------------------------------------------------------
                       Société de transports   $423,041    Internal
                       de Montréal (STM)                   Assessments
                                             --------------------------------
                                             $3,797,282    Surveillance
                                                           Technologies
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Gatineau, Quebec   Société de transports   $137,595    Communication
                       de l'Outaouais (STO)                Equipment
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $145,286    Internal
                                                           Assessments
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sherbrooke,        Société de transports    $75,000    Internal
    Quebec             de Sherbrooke (STS)                 Assessments
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ottawa, Ontario    OC Transpo              $369,000    Communication
                                                           Equipment
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $896,625    Infrastructure
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto, Ontario   GO Transit              $195,000    Security Centre
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $300,000    Training
                       ------------------------------------------------------
                       Toronto Transit          $75,000    Internal
                       Commission                          Assessments
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $795,000    Access Control
                                                           Measures
                       ------------------------------------------------------
                       Union Station            $75,000    Training
                                             --------------------------------
                                               $637,500    Communication
                                                           Equipment
                                             --------------------------------
                                              $1,125,450   Access Control
                                                           Measures
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    North Bay,         Ontario Northland        $187,500   Internal
    Ontario            Transportation                      Assessments
                       Commission
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toronto, Ontario   Canadian Urban           $600,000   Internal
                       Transit Association                 Assessments
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Vancouver,         TransLink                $842,250   Access Control
    British Columbia                                       Measures
                                             --------------------------------
                                              $5,244,000   Communication
                                                           Equipment
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $330,750   Security Centre
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $126,000   Training
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $393,000   Infrastructure
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $206,250   Internal
                                                           Assessments
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Calgary, Alberta   Calgary Transit           $60,000   Public Awareness
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $239,250   Infrastructure
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $385,500   Access Control
                                                           Measures
                                             --------------------------------
                                                $224,250   Surveillance
                                                           Technologies
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    Sherwood Park,     Strathcona County         $37,500   Internal
    Alberta            Transit                             Assessments
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