Ontario Investing Close to $470,000 in a Transit and Road Project in Waterloo Region

Published on December 13, 2019

Transit Priority Measure Identification & Implementation will mean safer roads and communities

August 16, 2019

Elmira — Ontario is working to support municipalities and get people moving by investing in new transit and road infrastructure projects in Waterloo Region.

Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris announced today that the Ontario government is investing close to $470,000 for a Transit Priority Measure Identification and Implementation project in Waterloo Region by nominating it under the Public Transit stream Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

“Building and maintaining efficient transit infrastructure will help people remain safe and provide more time for what matters most,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “We continue to work closely with our municipal partners, families, and small businesses to build much needed infrastructure in our community.”

“The transit projects announced today promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. "Better public transit creates stronger communities. It helps people spend less time commuting to work and home, and more time doing the things they love with those they care about most.”

The projects are now with the federal government for final funding decisions as they are reviewed for eligibility under the ICIP program. Some projects could begin as soon as Fall 2019. If approved, the nominated projects will be eligible for total funding of more than $1.4 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

The Region of Waterloo is pleased with this latest infrastructure funding announcement”, said Regional Chair Karen Redman. “Implementation of transit priority measures, such as traffic signal priority and priority lanes for buses at intersections will improve transit travel times and move local riders to their destinations more efficiently and safely.

Quick Facts

  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is federal-provincial cost-sharing program which includes up to $30 billion in federal, provincial and other partner funding over 10years. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent or about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
  • The Rural and Northern in-take focused on road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure in rural and northern communities with populations under 100,000 people.
  • A total of 144 road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure projects have been nominated to date under the Rural and Northern stream.
  • The second intake of ICIP applications was for transit projects in municipalities outside the GTHA. Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s or municipalities’ share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.The Province has nominated 144 transit infrastructure projects from 42 municipalities outside of the GTHA under the Public Transit stream of ICIP. More nominations from this intake will be announced later this year.
  • On July 22, 2019, Ontario announced that until October 24, municipalities inside the GTHA can apply for funding to support new transit projects under the Public Transit Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Information on additional intakes will be released when available.
  • The government also nominated five major transit projects in the City of Toronto and Region of York to the federal government for approval.

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