Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.
From the Canadian-Pacific Railway to the St Lawrence Seaway to the Toronto subway and today’s expanding Internet and clean energy networks, we must be ambitious in building things that position our economy for the future.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Rudy Cuzzetto, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s President of the Treasury Board and Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga-Lakeshore; and Her Worship Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of the City of Mississauga announced funding for 12 projects that will modernize and improve public transit in Mississauga.
Ontarians need help getting safely to work and home, getting out to appointments, to shop and to conduct business. Strategic investments in sustainable public transportation infrastructure play a key role.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $62 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $51.5 million, and the City of Mississauga is contributing more than $44.5 million.
Projects involve various upgrades to public transit infrastructure including new heated bus shelters with digital signage and new, fully accessible bus stop pads. MiWay fleet buses will undergo major rehabilitations which include the replacement of engines, transmissions, and energy storage systems that will extend the useful life of the city’s bus fleet while helping reduce maintenance and operating costs. All transit buses will receive upgrades to their video monitoring and scheduling systems.
Residents will also benefit from a dedicated two-way Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Lakeshore Road with three new stations between East Avenue and Deta Road, as well as separated bike lanes and sidewalks. The new bus rapid transit lanes will increase the capacity of the city’s transit system and support a growing population along the Lakeshore Road corridor.
The improvements will improve passenger safety, encourage active transportation, and provide residents with a better and more reliable transit system.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.