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  • February 02, 2017

Ontario Providing More Transit Funding for Hamilton

Supporting More Travel Options, Improving Local Transit for Commuters and Families

News                                                                                                                    February 2, 2017


Ontario is boosting support for Hamilton by providing reliable, long-term funding to improve and expand local transit and offer more travel options for commuters and families.


The province has heard directly from people who are frustrated by their daily commute and from regions and municipalities that are struggling to meet their transit needs. In response to these concerns, starting in 2019, Ontario will increase funding for Hamilton and other municipal transit systems across the province through an enhancement to the existing gas tax program, doubling the municipal share from two cents per litre to four cents by 2021. There will be no increase in the tax that people in Ontario pay on gasoline as a result of the enhancement to the program.


Hamilton is able to use the new funding to plan for and make major infrastructure upgrades, buy additional transit vehicles, add more routes, extend hours of service, implement fare strategies and improve accessibility. Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.



“We’ve heard loud and clear from municipalities that they need more sustainable funding for public transit to keep up with the demand to provide more service. By modernizing Ontario’s gas tax program we are helping municipalities improve their local transit service so people can easily get where they need to be.”


— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation


“This is great news for commuters and families in Hamilton. Increasing gas tax funding will help improve service, get more people on public transit and tackle congestion.”


— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale



  • Hamilton will receive more than $10.6 million through the 2016-17 gas tax program, and could see its funding increased to an estimated $12.8 million in 2019-20, $15.4 million in 2020-21 and to $20.5 million in 2021-22.


  • Overall, provincial gas tax funding will increase to 2.5 cents per litre in 2019–20, 3 cents in 2020–21 and 4 cents in 2021–22.


  • This year the province committed $334.5 million in gas tax funding to 99 municipalities. This amount is expected to increase to about $401.3 million in 2019–20, $481.5 million in 2020–21, $642 million in 2021–22.


  • Ontario made gas tax program funding permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source for municipal transit investments.


  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.


  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.




Enhanced Gas Tax Program


Gas Tax Funding for Municipalities



For more information, please contact:

Ted McMeekin, MPP


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