From the Canadian-Pacific Railway to the St Lawrence Seaway to the Toronto subway and today’s expanding Internet and clean energy networks, we must be ambitious in building things that position our economy for the future.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Rudy Cuzzetto, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s President of the Treasury Board and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Lakeshore; and Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga announced funding for 12 projects that will modernize and improve public transit in Mississauga.
Ontarians need help getting safely to work and home, getting out to appointments, to shop and to conduct business. Strategic investments in sustainable public transportation infrastructure play a key role.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $62 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $51.5 million, and the City of Mississauga is contributing more than $44.5 million.
Projects involve various upgrades to public transit infrastructure including new heated bus shelters with digital signage and new, fully accessible bus stop pads. MiWay fleet buses will undergo major rehabilitations which include the replacement of engines, transmissions, and energy storage systems that will extend the useful life of the city’s bus fleet while helping reduce maintenance and operating costs. All transit buses will receive upgrades to their video monitoring and scheduling systems.
Residents will also benefit from a dedicated two-way Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Lakeshore Road with three new stations between East Avenue and Deta Road, as well as separated bike lanes and sidewalks. The new bus rapid transit lanes will increase the capacity of the city’s transit system and support a growing population along the Lakeshore Road corridor.
The improvements will improve passenger safety, encourage active transportation, and provide residents with a better and more reliable transit system.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.
“Investing in Mississauga public transit is an essential part of growing an economy and community where people can move around in cheaper, cleaner and faster ways. The Government of Canada is providing more than $62 million to support 12 new projects that promote jobs and investment while improving the public transit experience in Mississauga, including new stations, refurbished buses and a bus rapid transit corridor. Canada’s infrastructure plan is creating good jobs, sustainable economic growth, and building a stronger country now and for the future.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Modern and integrated public transit systems are essential for building the sustainable communities of tomorrow. Improving public transit services for Mississauga residents helps them get where they need to go, whether it be on foot, cycling, or by bus. The investments announced today will benefit the community, residents, and the environment.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre
“This is an exciting day for residents of Mississauga. Our investment of more than $51 million in 12 new public transit projects will provide residents with better access to more frequent and reliable public transit, connecting people to jobs safely and efficiently. This is another example how we are working collaboratively with our federal and municipal partners to make important investments in infrastructure. With today’s announcement, these projects can move from shovel-ready to shovels in the ground.”
The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure
“Our community can now look forward to seeing shovels in the ground on long awaited transit improvement. Ontario’s over $51-million investment will help develop a modern and accessible inter-regional transit system that will support our growing population, encourage economic recovery and connect transit users to other services like GO Transit, the Hurontario LRT, TTC, and active transit like pedestrian and cycling networks.”
Rudy Cuzzetto, Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Lakeshore
“This is a great day for Mississauga, and I want to thank the federal government for making these important investments in our community. Upgrades to our MiWay fleet of buses, shelter improvements and the new Bus Rapid Transit corridor will create more efficiency and reliability in our system and ensure Mississauga residents have even more options to get around the Region and beyond. We also know that an integrated transit system is essential to creating complete communities and building our economy. MiWay is what truly keeps Mississauga moving, and these new investments go a long way in helping us create an even stronger public transit system.”
Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.
Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.1 billion in over 2,750 infrastructure projects.
$28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community infrastructure.
Across the province, Ontario is investing more than $7.3 billion in public transit infrastructure over 10 years through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.