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  • December 20, 2016

Ontario Helping City and County of Peterborough Improve and Expand Public Transit

Province Providing New Funding to Manage Congestion, Improve Commutes




December 20th, 2016


Ontario is helping the City and County of Peterborough enhance and expand its transit system, to reduce congestion, shorten commute times, and help people get to where they’re going faster.


This year, the City of Peterborough will be receiving $1,603,397 and the County of Peterborough will be receiving $ 45,240 in gas tax funding to support public transit upgrades and enhancements that could include purchasing new transit vehicles, adding more routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility.


Improving and expanding public transit also helps reduce air pollution and meet the province’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.


Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.




“Support from the province is helping the City improve its public transit network and the County with its Care Mobile. Thanks to stable funding provided through the gas tax program the City and County can make improvements that benefit local commuters, families and visitors to our community.” 

- Jeff Leal, MPP


"The Provincial Gas Tax funding helps our local transit be more convenient and efficient. This funding supports the peak period 20 minute service for Peterborough Transit on the conventional system.  This peak period 20 minute service is a highly used service that serves our ridership well to get where they need to be, when they need to get there.

Our transit system is the pride of Peterborough and we are so thankful for the support of the Provincial Gas Tax funding to keep our transit service running well. "

-       Councillor Don Vassiliadis, City of Peterborough


“The County is very appreciative of the Provincial Gas Tax funding support that help us with provision of the Community Care Mobile. This service assists by providing affordable transportation and mobility for the ratepayers and individuals with disabilities throughout our communities” 

-       Warden Joe Taylor, County of Peterborough




  • Ontario’s gas tax program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. The program was made permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for municipalities.
  • This year, the province is providing $334.5 million through the gas tax program to expand and improve public transit — an increase of $1.6 million over last year. For 2016/17, 99 municipalities will receive funding, the most since the program started in 2004.
  • In 2015, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003 — equivalent to removing approximately 181 million car trips on roads.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, making it even more important to build modern and efficient infrastructure.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.






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