TORONTO, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO)
congratulates Metrolinx on the release of its report to the provincial
government on how to fund The Big Move, after several years of
preparation. In its report, the government agency includes nearly two
dozen recommendations including how to accumulate approximately $2
billion annually over the next 25 years. Unfortunately, the
recommendations fail to fully reflect the parameters set out in Finance
Minister Charles Sousa's recent budget.
When discussing potential revenue sources, both Metrolinx and the
Minister of Finance have alluded to fairness as a key principle. On
page 31 of the 2013 Ontario budget, it notes that "any revenue tool
should not unfairly impact one type of commute or community over
"The release of Metrolinx's report ushers in the next phase of
discussions to fund the Big Move," said Elliott Silverstein, manager of
government relations, CAA SCO. "While we are pleased that dedicated
funding, a repeated call and a core issue for CAA, is highlighted, we
are concerned that almost all of the taxes are easily transferable to
consumers and could significantly impact household budgets,
particularly those who don't have options but to drive. For example, if
businesses offload parking and fuel costs, the result will be a
punitive one, where road users will be required repeatedly to open
In today's announcement, Metrolinx is recommending to the provincial
government to introduce the following:
A 5 cent per litre fuel tax
A 1 per cent sales tax
A 25 cent per day parking levy
A 15 per cent increase in development fees
CAA SCO has been actively working with industry stakeholders and
government officials, and reaching out to its 1.9 million members, in
an effort to represent motorists and the public. Last month, CAA SCO
held a telephone town hall where nearly 27,000 York Region residents
shared their thoughts on The Big Move and their willingness to pay for the plan through revenue sources.
"In a recent survey, 88% of members surveyed said that any funding
collected should be dedicated, and nearly three quarters said that
transportation funding is a shared responsibility among taxpayers, road
users, and businesses," Silverstein added.
CAA welcomes the creation of an advisory panel by the provincial
government and the Minister of Transportation in an effort to determine
next steps in this region-wide transportation expansion. In the coming
days and weeks, CAA is eager to meet with Minister Glen Murray and
other MPPs at Queen's Park to ensure motorists and the general public
is not disproportionately burdened where families could possibly pay in
excess of $1,000 annually to fund The Big Move.
Earlier this month, CAA SCO posted an infograph detailing the cost to
consumers from various revenue sources, and can be accessed at http://www.caasco.com/Community-Action.aspx.
CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering roadside services, automotive
care, travel and insurance. There are more than 1.9 million CAA members
in South Central Ontario and over 5.6 million members in Canada. We're
more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
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