New Conference Board report dispels presumption that motorists don't
cover infrastructure costs
THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - New research funded by CAA South
Central Ontario (CAA SCO) finds Ontario drivers cover a significant
portion of the costs when it comes to funding road infrastructure in
The Conference Board of Canada report, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: How Much Motorists Pay for Road
Infrastructure, reveals that motorists in Ontario cover between 70 and 90 percent of
the costs of the road network through fees and gas taxes. In the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), road users more than cover
the full costs of construction, maintenance and policing.
"This comprehensive study sheds new light on the common misconception
that road users in Ontario are heavily subsidized," said Teresa Di
Felice, Director of Government and Community Relations, CAA SCO.
"Before any decisions can be made about new revenue tools (tolls, taxes
and increased fees), it is essential to understand who pays for our
As a leading transportation advocate, CAA SCO has repeatedly called on
the province to establish dedicated funding for road infrastructure to
address critical issues around gridlock.
For several years now, CAA has advocated for a portion of the HST
collected on gas and diesel fuel sales to be allocated directly to
transportation improvements and serve as one way to save motorists from
Motorists pay through numerous other charges that were not included as
part of the Conference Board of Canada's calculations (formula). For
example, the total revenue on the sale of new vehicles purchased by
Ontario households is estimated to be $15.76 billion, with generating
an additional $1.81 billion in HST revenues.
"As we talk about the need for improvements to transit and
infrastructure, we must work to mitigate current and future gridlock
while also looking at ways to maximize the efficiencies of our existing
road networks," added Di Felice. "In addition, the scope of this
research highlights a significant need for all levels of government to
collect and have better access to data to guide future policy
CAA SCO's Teresa Di Felice is one of 13 experts recently appointed to
the government transportation advisory panel to review Metrolinx's
recommendations including taxes and tolls to fund public transit across
the GTHA. The panel is expected to release its recommendations in the
A subsequent report by the Conference Board of Canada on policy
implications is due out later this year. CAA SCO was the financial
supporter of this report, and initiated this research with the
Conference Board of Canada.
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 5.9 million members in Canada. We're
more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance.
SOURCE: CAA South Central Ontario
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