GUELPH, ON, Dec. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, and His Worship Cam Guthrie, Mayor of the City of Guelph, today announced funding for a new transit project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada is providing more than $500,000 and the City of Guelph will provide the balance of funding.
The City of Guelph will use the funding to replace three transit operations vehicles and four hoists. These purchases will help serve on-route supervision of transit operations and provide more reliable equipment when repairing vehicles. This project will support the growth of Guelph's public transit system while also making travel more convenient and efficient.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
"The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home safely. This investment will make Guelph a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable city, and contribute to ensuring that our community remains among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am very pleased that our federal, provincial, and municipal governments are working together to invest in improvements to public infrastructure. Today's funding announcement will continue to help Guelph's transit system to be even more efficient and reliable for everyone."
The Honourable Liz Sandals, Ontario President of the Treasury Board and Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph
"This is an exciting time for Guelph Transit as we continue to grow and improve our system. Guelphites rely on Transit every day – to get to work, to school, to appointments and shopping. We're thrilled with this investment in operations vehicles and equipment, which will help make the system more reliable and efficient for everyone."
His Worship Cam Guthrie, Mayor of the City of Guelph
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php
Building Ontario - Infrastructure Plan: https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Celso Pereira, Minister's Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 647-201-9348, [email protected]; Mike Spicer, General Manager, Guelph Transit, 519-822-1260, extension 3321, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]