MPP Dufferin-Caledon

Caledon Community Services receives provincial funding for Community Transportation

(Dufferin-Caledon) Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon is pleased to see that Caledon received $500,000 from the province through the Community Transportation Grant Program, to help support services within and between our communities, making it easier for residents to get around.

“This investment will improve the quality of life for many residents in our communities who currently do not have access to other transit options,” said MPP Jones. “Having the ability to get residents who need a ride to the services and programs that they need, is as important as the services themselves.”

“We are delighted with our provincial government’s support of Caledon through this transportation grant. This support increases Caledon residents’ abilities to access community services, attend training and pursue employment opportunities. This five-year grant is an important step forward as our municipality creates its own master plan for public transportation,” said Monty Laskin, CEO Caledon Community Services.

Through the Community Transportation Grant Program, the province will provide municipalities with $30 million over five years to support local transit and intercommunity bus service in areas with little or no public transit.

The program will make it more convenient for Ontarians, including seniors, students, youths and persons with disabilities to access essential services in their communities, connect with other transportation services, and travel between cities and towns.

BACKGROUND

  • Up to $30 million in grants over five years will be awarded to municipalities to partner with community organizations, health agencies, transit agencies, school-bus and private transportation operators, to coordinate local transportation services and/or run intercommunity routes.
  • The new Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a successful pilot program that provided nearly $3 million in funding to 22 municipalities since 2015.
  • In the first year of the pilot program, more than 28,000 people used the new services to make more than 105,000 trips.

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For more information, contact:

Lavinia Trask, EA for Sylvia Jones, MPP

519-941-7751 sylvia.jonesco@pc.ola.org

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