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  • December 20, 2017

Ontario Boosting Transit Funding for Waterloo Region

Support will Help Enhance and Expand Transit System, Reduce Congestion




December 19, 2017


Ontario is providing more support to Waterloo Region, to help us enhance and expand our transit system, reduce congestion, and shorten commute times.


As part of this year’s gas tax funding, Waterloo Region is receiving $10,454,575 to support upgrades and enhancements that are geared to major transit infrastructure projects, buying more buses, adding new routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility.


More public transit makes it easier for people to travel to and from work, school and appointments, reduces congestion, and lowers air pollution.  One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.


Creating more transit options for commuters and families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.





“This year’s increase in funding of $22.7 million is great news for Ontario municipalities — a clear indication of our government’s commitment to deliver the transformational and integrated transit system that the people of this province both expect and deserve. This increase in sustainable funding for local transit across the province means that more than 90 per cent of Ontario’s population will benefit from improvements to their daily transit service so that more people can get where they’re going faster.

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation


“As Waterloo Region continues to build out its public transit system, this major funding from the province will help us better serve our community.  We’re working with our local stakeholders to provide commuters with a convenient, efficient, and modern public transit system.”

Daiene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, MPP

    Kitchener Centre





  • Ontario’s gas tax program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. The province made funding for the program permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for municipalities.
  • This year the province committed $357.2 million in gas tax funding to 105 municipalities, providing service to 142 communities, the most since the program began in 2004. The funding is expected to increase to about $401.3 million in 2019–20, $481.5 million in 2020–21 and $642 million in 2021–22.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to




Enhanced Gas Tax Program


Gas Tax Funding for Municipalities

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