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  • March 06, 2017

Ontario Providing More Transit Funding for Burlington

Enhanced Gas Tax Program Will Support More Travel Options, Improve Local Transit

Ontario is boosting support for the City of Burlington providing them with reliable, long-term funding to improve and expand local transit and offer more travel options for commuters and families.

Starting in 2019, Ontario will increase funding for Burlington and other municipal transit systems across the province through an enhancement to the existing gas tax program, doubling the municipal share from two cents per litre to four cents by 2021. There will be no increase in the tax that people in Ontario pay on gasoline as a result of the enhancement to the program.

Burlington which has received an average of about $2 million per year in gas tax funding, could see its funding increased to an estimated $2.5 million in 2019-20, $3 million in 2020-21 and to $4.1 million in 2021-22.

The City of Burlington is able to use gas tax funding to make major infrastructure upgrades, buy additional transit vehicles, add more routes, extend hours of service, implement fare strategies and improve accessibility.

Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.



“This is great news for the City of Burlington. Increased gas tax funding will help tailor services to suit our community needs. Providing more options for commuters and families in Burlington will keep our region moving and will make transit a more convenient and attractive form of transportation.”

— Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington

“The City of Burlington welcomes increased Provincial investments into our transit system and the continuation of sustainable, long-term funding. The increase will coincide with the work we are currently undertaking to develop a new transit strategy, which will continue to make public transit another viable travel option for our residents.”

— Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington

“We’ve heard loud and clear from municipalities that they need more sustainable funding for public transit to keep up with the demand to provide more service. By modernizing Ontario’s gas tax program we are helping municipalities improve their local transit service so people can easily get where they need to be.”

— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation



  • Funding will increase to 2.5 cents per litre in 2019–20, 3 cents in 2020–21 and 4 cents in 2021–22.
  • This year the province committed $334.5 million in gas tax funding to 99 municipalities. This amount is expected to increase to about $401.3 million in 2019–20, $481.5 million in 2020–21, $642 million in 2021–22.
  • Ontario made gas tax program funding permanent in 2013 to provide a stable source for municipal transit investments.
  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.



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