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February 2020

OPTA 2020 Pre Budget Submission
Click here for the OPTA’s 2020 Pre Budget Submission, delivered to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in Belleville on January 22nd.  OPTA also presented our Pre Budget Submission to the Minister of Finance Rod Phillips on Friday January 31st in Scarborough - click here to view. OPTA’s three recommendations for 2020 Budget:

  1. That the government begin the expansion of the Dedicated Public Transit Fund from the equivalent of 2 cents per litre of existing gas tax revenues to 4 cents per litre when the fiscal situation permits during this mandate.
  2. That the government work with Infrastructure Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Ontario Public Transit Association to develop a funding program that will support Ontario transit systems in transitioning to zero-emission fleets.
  3. That the government review of the Driver Certification Program include a directive to analyze the passenger carrier industry separate and distinct from the trucking industry.


April 11, 2019
Press Release
Ford government outlines new vision for delivering transit infrastructure
Government cancelling increase to Gas Tax Fund, commits to program review 

April 11, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – The Government of Ontario announced today that it will make targeted investments in capital infrastructure in Ontario, while declining to go ahead with the planned increase to the municipal share of the gas tax. OPTA is pleased to see that the government has expanded on its election promise to invest $5 billion in subway expansion, by committing $11.2 billion towards four provincially-owned subway projects. The budget also confirms that as much as $2.25 billion could be reallocated from the federal Green Infrastructure Stream to the Public Transit Stream. Click here for more...


Provincial Budget Includes $3 Billion in new funding for bilateral agreement

March 28, 2018--OPTA and CUTA attended the 2018 Provincial Budget lock-up and are able to provide additional details about transit funding and programs:

  • Under the heading "Building Tomorrow's Infrastructure Today", the province is investing $230 Billion over 14 years (starting in 2014-15) for hospitals, schools, transit, roads and bridges;
  • Of the $180 Billion over the next 10 years, $79 billion is for public transit.  This is up from $56 Billion in the 2017 Budget. Click here for more...

Canada and Ontario to make significant infrastructure investments that will improve the lives of Canadians

Mississauga, Ontario, March 14, 2018--The governments of Canada and Ontario are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments that will create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians. Click here for the complete press release.