FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2017
Local Communities to Benefit from Federal Gas Tax Fund Transfer
Modern and efficient infrastructure helps Canadian families stay connected to their jobs or enjoy better access to community services. It also helps communities attract new businesses and produce economic growth. The Government of Canada continues to make smart investments in infrastructure, helping communities build roads, or transit and water systems, which support and simplify everyday life processes, to meet these demands.
In July, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $391 million dollars in federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to Ontario. In total, Ontario’s municipal governments will be provided with over $782.1 million dollars, this year, through the fund. Flowing through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, this funding is now available to support community infrastructure projects in 2017-2018.
GTF funding supports hundreds of local infrastructure projects across Ontario each year.
Here, in the Bay of Quinte region, three municipalities will receive GTF allocations during the 2017-2018 year. The following are the breakdowns of the releases:
- City of Belleville
- 2017-2018 allotment: $3,007,118
- City of Prince Edward County
- 2017-2018 allotment: $1,535,847
- City of Quinte West
- 2017-2018 allotment: $2,619,903
This year, some examples of the projects being funded include transit fleet replacement and state of good repair in Toronto, upgrades to recreational facilities in Brampton, the purchase of transit buses in Barrie, and major road reconstruction in Sault Ste. Marie. Other communities will use the funding to improve and repair their local roads and bridges, among other projects. The Province of Ontario will also use a portion of the annual allocation to maintain rural roads in northern Ontario, on behalf of local roads boards. The range of planned projects helps demonstrate the flexibility that the GTF provides and the ability of municipalities to target areas of greatest need.
The two Gas Tax Fund installments for this year are offered in addition to funds flowing to Ontario under the Investing in Canada Plan.
“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, communities across Ontario and the rest of Canada can direct federal funding to the infrastructure projects that address the most pressing needs of local residents and businesses, from improving drinking water to building new recreational facilities. The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this predictable, long-term funding to help ensure access to good middle class jobs, increased mobility, greater economic opportunities, sustainable communities and a high quality of life for all Canadians.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The Gas Tax Fund benefits Ontario municipalities by allowing local communities to decide where and how to invest resources for their most pressing needs. Constructing and improving infrastructure across the province will create jobs, enhance municipal services, and help commuters get to and from work faster – allowing them to spend more time with their families.”
The Honourable Bill Mauro,
Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs
“When we think of infrastructure we often imagine concrete, pipes, roads and bridges: that’s great, but these are the building blocks of how we get to where we want to be and how well we enjoy being there. We should really envision our communities when this term surfaces, because infrastructure provides a foundation for our lives. That’s why, when municipalities like Belleville, Quinte West, and Prince Edward County are able to get flexible, predictable funding, a range of needs that affect us all can finally be met. GTF funding helps people in our communities to be, and remain active participants, socially and economically. It’s wonderful to see the Government of Canada helping municipalities build higher quality of life for current and future generations.”
Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte
“The City of Belleville is thrilled with this announcement and would like to express our gratitude to the Federal Government for the Gas Tax funding that is being announced today.”
Mayor Taso Christopher, City of Belleville
“We will allocate these funds to several roads and bridge projects in 2017, which will in turn help create jobs and promote economic development in our community. As a rural municipality with many infrastructure requirements, the federal Gas Tax Fund is a welcome source of predictable financial support to address some of those needs.”
Mayor Robert Quaiff, City of Prince Edward County
“The Federal Gas Tax Fund is critical to the City of Quinte Wests’ infrastructure, competitiveness and environmental sustainability. This consistent annual program helps bridge the gap in funding that is required for the City’s immediate and future needs.”
Mayor Jim Harrison, City of Quinte West
- Introduced in 2005, this program has delivered over $7.9 billion dollars to Ontario communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
- The federal Gas Tax Fund makes over $2 billion available each year, and provides each community across Canada with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. The funding is made available in two annual installments, in July and November.
- The federal Gas Tax Fund offers significant flexibility. Local communities can make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities. Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
- The Government of Canada will invest 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.
Federal Gas Tax Allocations for Ontario Communities in 2017-18: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2017/08/backgrounder_federalgastaxallocationsforontariocommunitiesin2017.html
More on the federal Gas Tax Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html
The federal Gas Tax Fund in Ontario: https://www.amo.on.ca/AMO-Content/Gas-Tax/Canada-s-Gas-Tax-Fund
The federal Gas Tax Fund in Toronto: http://www.toronto.ca/gastaxworks
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s new $180 billion infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html