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Better Public Transit for Hamilton region

Ontario Continues to Improve Transit, Create Jobs


November 13, 2015


Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Hamilton area get out of their cars and onto public transit.


For the 12th consecutive year, Ontario is providing support to Hamilton region to improve its public transit system. With this support, HSR (Hamilton Street Railway) receives $10,714,006 this year which cumulatively adds to a 12 year total of $117,574,693.

 Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September of this year alone, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The 2015-16 gas tax funding builds on that progress.

Investing in transit is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.



“This significant annual support from the province is paying off for the local community allowing the HSR to make significant transit improvements for local families and visitors to our community.Congratulations!”

- Ted McMeekin MPP Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale


"The provincial funding allows a continued focus on sustainable public transit options for Hamiltonians. It comes at a time where we are advancing LRT, and the synergies for a complete transit system bode well for our future."

-Mayor Fred Eisenberger




  • In 2013, Ontario made its funding for the Gas Tax Program permanent to help municipalities improve transit.
  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
  • In 2014, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems across the province, compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 181 million car trips from Ontario roads.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.





Moving Ontario Forward



For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin   905-690-6552







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