MPP CLARK ANNOUNCES $225,201 THROUGH PROVINCIAL GAS TAX PROGRAM
BROCKVILLE – The City of Brockville will receive $225,201 in provincial gas tax funding to assist with the operation of its municipal bus service, Leeds-Grenville- Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today on behalf of Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek.
“This investment in public transit will help ensure all city residents have the ability to get to work, go shopping or attend important appointments,” said Clark. “I’m pleased that our government For the People is supporting municipalities like Brockville and helping them to provide critical services such as public transit to Ontarians.”
“The City of Brockville appreciates that Minister Yurek and the Government of Ontario recognize both the importance of our municipal transit system to our citizens as well as the challenge municipalities our size face in continuing to deliver it. The provincial gas tax allows us to focus on improving the system and making it more accessible to our citizens rather than concentrating on simply keeping it running,” said Brockville Mayor Jason Baker.
The funding for Brockville’s transit system represents a portion of the $364 million in gas tax funding the province is providing to 107 municipalities. Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province.
Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures. Use of the funding is at the discretion of individual municipalities and can include upgrading infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, expanding routes and extending hours of service.
“Having a convenient local bus system is vital to connecting many Brockville residents to their community and making them feel part of the city they call home. With this funding, our government is helping to ensure the sustainability of the transit service,” said Clark.
- The share that each municipality receives under Ontario’s gas tax program is based on a formula of 70 per cent ridership and 30 per cent population. These funds serve both the needs of large and small municipal transit systems.
- Municipalities that contribute financially to public transit services are eligible for funding. Municipalities not currently providing transit can become eligible for funding if they start up fully-accessible transit services.