Cornwall Transit Receives $680K in Funding from Ontario

January 21, 2022
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – The City of Cornwall has received $680,358 in additional funding from the Ontario government for Cornwall Transit.

Cornwall Transit

Ontario is providing $375.6 million to help 107 municipalities across the province operate and improve local transit. The funding is being delivered through the Gas Tax program and can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.

“Cornwall’s economy is growing, and a vibrant transit system is an important element in sustaining that growth,” said Mayor Glen Grant. “This funding will be put to good use and help us get local residents to where they need to go.”

Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax revenue collected.

To make up for reduced gas sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Gas Tax program funding includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million to ensure municipalities can continue to support their transit systems.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how critical public transit is for frontline workers and for Ontarians who depend on these services to get to medical appointments, the grocery store and other important locations,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Gas Tax funding remains a vital source of long-term transit funding that municipalities can rely on to help operate and expand existing public transit services – ensuring people have access to safe and reliable transportation when they need it.”

Quick Facts

  • The 107 municipalities receiving funding through the Gas Tax program deliver public transit service to 142 communities representing more than 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.
  • The provincial and federal governments are providing up to $2.15 billion to support municipal transit systems across the province in response to COVID-19 through the Safe Restart Agreement.
  • Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation system across the province. The province has released draft regional transportation plans for Northern Ontario and Southwestern Ontario, and planning is underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Eastern Ontario.

About Cornwall Transit

Cornwall Transit operates a 30-minute conventional bus service on weekdays and Saturdays and a 60-minute service during evenings and Saturday mornings. Cornwall Transit also offers a Community Bus service geared to seniors and persons with disabilities, a Handi-Transit service for persons with physical disabilities and supplementary routes to the Cornwall Business Park. Cornwall Transit transports approximately 800,000 passengers annually, including 40,000 trips by persons with disabilities.

Approximately 88% of the population is within 300 metres of a Cornwall Transit bus stop. Transit is committed to providing an effective and efficient service to Cornwall residents.

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