Building stronger communities across Ontario with federal Gas Tax Fund

News release

First of two annual funding transfers now available for more than 600 communities across the province

August 10, 2018, Toronto, Ontario – Infrastructure Canada

Investing in modern efficient public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth, strengthening the middle class and developing healthy sustainable communities.

The Government of Canada delivered the first of two $408-million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to Ontario. In total, the province will be provided with over $819 million this year through the fund.

The GTF is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports local infrastructure projects in more than 600 communities across the province each year. The City of Toronto is planning to put its share into the replacement and renewal of its transit fleet to improve passenger safety and mobility. In the Town of Uxbridge, residents will enjoy smoother and safer roads thanks to major road reconstruction throughout the community. In the Municipality of Central Huron, residents will see the existing storm collection system improved thanks to a new storm drain bypass on Mary Street, relieving flooding during heavy rainfall events.

Other communities will use the funding to improve and repair their local roads, bridges and wastewater systems, leading to communities that are cleaner and better connected to each other. In addition, the Province of Ontario will use a portion of the annual allocation to maintain and upgrade rural access roads in unincorporated areas of northern Ontario.

Transit, roads and water systems are only three of the 18 project categories eligible for funding under the program. This wide range demonstrates the flexibility of the GTF in allowing communities to direct their allocations to their most pressing local needs.

Quotes

Local governments know best what their communities need and the Government of Canada is proud to deliver stable, long-term funding that they count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By investing in our communities, the Government of Canada is promoting economic growth and environmental sustainability, strengthening the middle class and helping ensure all Canadians have access to the opportunities they need to succeed.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Local governments deliver critical services for Ontario. We recognize the value of this funding as a partner with municipalities to improve local infrastructure for the people of our province.”

The Honourable Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Between 2014 and 2018, Ontario municipalities will have received more than $3.8 billion from the federal Gas Tax Fund to invest in local infrastructure. Federal Gas Tax investment is making a difference in our communities, resulting in smoother roads, better public transit, more playgrounds and much more. AMO is proud to deliver this federal funding directly to Ontario’s municipal governments.”

Lynn Dollin, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

"We greatly appreciate the federal government's ongoing commitment to our city through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The City of Toronto welcomes this year’s installment of more than $167 million, which is being directed to the TTC to make a much needed investment in Toronto's transit system. The majority of the funding will be used for TTC fleet replacement and state of good repair, so that people can move around Toronto with greater ease and speed. We will continue to work with our federal and provincial partners to make progress on our transit infrastructure priorities."

His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Quick facts

  • The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year flow to municipalities through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, with the exception of the Toronto allocation that flow directly to the City of Toronto. As well, a portion of the annual provincial allocation is also used by the province to maintain rural roads in northern Ontario on behalf of local roads boards.

  • Communities can invest across 18 different project categories. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

  • Through its Investing in Canada plan, 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.

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Contacts

Kate Monfette
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-301-0894
kate.monfette@canada.ca

Conrad Spezowka
Communications Branch,
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,
416-585-7066
MMA.media@ontario.ca

Brian Lambie
Association of Municipalities of Ontario Media Contact
416-729-5425
lambie@redbrick.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada


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