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  • November 10, 2015

Better Public Transit for York Region

Ontario Continues to Improve Transit, Create Jobs

York Region MPPs Steven Del Duca,  Michael Chan, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard are pleased to announce that Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in York Region get out of their cars and onto public transit.

For the 12th consecutive year, Ontario is providing support to York Region to improve its public transit system.

This year, York Region will receive $15.3 million in Gas Tax funding, bringing the 12-year total investment in York Region to $149.6 million.

With this support, York Region Transit is able to offer reliable public transit service to almost
1.2 million residents through 125 routes across all nine area municipalities.

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 program is further proof that our government is committed to improving the daily commute for Vaughan residents by investing over $15 million to expand and upgrade the York Region Transit system and manage traffic congestion.”

— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“Support from the province is allowing York Region to make important transit improvements that deliver significant social and economic benefits to my constituents in Markham-Unionville.  These vital infrastructure investments improve the quality of urban life and help forge new connections and opportunities among communities, businesses and residents.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“Gas tax funding to municipalities across York Region is essential to improve and expand much needed public transit across the region‎. In fact, the residents in my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham tell me that transit is the one of the most important issues they face in their daily lives. Gas tax funding helps to make travel more efficient, reduces traffic congestion and improves our air quality, making York Region an even more desirable place to live, work and play."

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“Ontario’s dedicated Gas Tax Program provides sustainable transit funding that Richmond Hill residents can count on to improve transit services across the region. Investments in public transit strengthen the province’s economy, improve air quality and build stronger communities.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

“Through Ontario’s Gas Tax Program, our Government is improving public transit in Newmarket-Aurora. This is of great importance to residents and business alike. I am thrilled our government is committed to making significant transit improvements which will, in turn, create jobs, and help Ontario to move forward.”

— Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“Transportation and congestion remain a top concern for our residents, and getting people to where they need and want to go is a priority for York Regional Council,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Coordinated approaches from all levels of government help us achieve the common goal of providing a better connected and more efficient public transit system.”

— Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO


  • 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 more information, please contact:

 Office of Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan  905-832-6630



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