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Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Kenora

News Release
From Infrastructure Canada

A total of 12 new projects approved across Ontario

Kenora, Ontario, May 12, 2017 — Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

Today, Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Mayor David Canfield, City of Kenora, announced two new projects that will benefit Kenora under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects—over $152 thousand.

The two projects are the construction of new bus shelters and the replacement of existing bus shelters across Kenora. This will improve amenities for transit users, making their daily commutes more comfortable and safer as they face all-weather conditions.

On March 31st, Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged the importance of public transit to Canadians as stated in Budget 2017 and announced approval of 312 public transit projects across Ontario.

In addition to these projects, MP Nault also announced that 10 new public transit projects will benefit Collingwood, Elliot Lake, and Owen Sound.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is working closely with the Government of Ontario and municipalities to invest in important transit initiatives that will strengthen communities across Ontario by growing the middle-class, fostering long-term prosperity and getting Canadians to their daily activities on time and home at the end of the day. The projects announced today will provide Kenora residents with affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure now and into the future.”

Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“By investing in transit infrastructure, we’re making public transit easier for people to use. The federal funding for these important Kenora projects will help us improve transit services and keep Ontarians moving in Kenora and across the province.”

The Honourable Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Atikokan, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation
“Kenora is grateful for this funding towards the infrastructure for the City’s municipal transit system. With the relaunch of our transit routes in April 2017, our service will now be enhanced by adding a comfort and security to our ridership by providing shelters that can provide protection to them during the cold northern winters and fluctuating seasonal temperatures.”

Mayor David Canfield, City of Kenora

Quick Facts

• The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• To support public transit, Budget 2017 proposes $25.3 billion. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
• Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $3.7 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
• The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

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Associated links

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario

The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

Building Ontario – Infrastructure Plan

Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Celso Pereira
Minister’s Office
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
647-201-9348
Celso.Pereira2@ontario.ca

Heather Kasprick
City Clerk/Communications Lead
City of Kenora
1-807-467-2295
hkasprick@kenora.ca

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