The Ontario government is providing municipalities across Ontario with up to $505 million in additional funding to help them deliver safe and reliable transit. The funding is being delivered through Phase 4 of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement.
In Parry Sound-Muskoka, the Town of Parry Sound, Town of Huntsville, Town of Bracebridge and District of Muskoka have each been selected for additional funding in the amounts of $5,000, $26,339, $22,039, and $7,239 respectively.
“Our government is stepping up and investing historic amounts into our municipalities,” said Graydon Smith, MPP Parry Sound-Muskoka. “While public transit operations in our riding are small compared to the big cities, they’re vital for many residents. This additional funding will help deliver safe and reliable public transit for those who need it most.”
This funding is on top of the more than $2 billion Ontario has allocated for municipal transit services since 2020 under the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. The additional $505 million in funding will help municipalities cover ongoing COVID-19 related expenses incurred between February 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.
“This government has repeatedly shown its commitment to small, rural and northern communities,” said MPP Smith. “After years of neglect by previous governments, small town Ontario is finally getting the investment and attention it deserves.”