Infrastructure Canada announced the launch of public consultations on the design and implementation of Permanent Public Transit funding in Canada. Feedback will inform a long-term transit investment strategy that aims to build complete, sustainable and inclusive communities and unlock opportunities to address other challenges, including housing affordability.

Investments in public transit will work toward reducing commute times and improving Canadians’ quality of life, aid in providing access to meaningful employment, services and recreation and will help tackle traffic congestion and cut air pollution.

“In communities of all sizes across the country, Canadians rely on public transit to get where they need to be. Our objective through these consultations is to ensure this new permanent public transit funding delivers the greatest economic and environmental benefits to our communities. Canadians have an opportunity to help shape the future of public transit in our country – and I look forward to hearing their views,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

In February 2021, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $14.9 billion over eight years in reliable, fast, affordable, and clean public transit. This funding included $3 billion per year in permanent, predictable federal public transit funding, which will begin in 2026-27.

By engaging and consulting with the public, the Government of Canada will ensure that permanent public transit funding delivers the greatest benefit to Canadians. Feedback gathered during the consultations will inform the Government of Canada’s approach to upgrading and expanding public transit and active transportation networks in rural, urban, and Indigenous communities across Canada. It will also build on existing research studies and the Government of Canada’s research on transit.

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Interested stakeholders can share their feedback through Infrastructure Canada’s web page until September 30, 2022.

Featured image: (Brampton Transit)

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