Gas Tax Supports York Region Transit

McGuinty Government Investments Building Strong Communities

MARKHAM – Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is getting more people out of their cars and onto public transit.

This year, York Region Transit will receive $13.9 million in Gas Tax funding to go towards public transit improvements.

The Regional Municipality of York receives approximately $14 million annually from the Provincial Gas Tax Program. All funding has been allocated to the YRT\Viva operating budget for the past several years and consistently applied to region-wide service initiatives in both conventional and rapid transit services.

"The Gas Tax Program is paying off for York Region, allowing York Region Transit to make significant improvements. As our community continues to grow, this investment will help to meet the transit demand and boost ridership."
– Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

"The provincial Gas Tax Program provides vital support to municipal transit systems. Continued investment supplies necessary dollars to grow and improve services and ridership, remove more cars from the road and keep our communities moving."
– Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO

Ontario shares two cents per litre of gas tax revenues with municipalities to expand and improve their public transit systems – in York Region and across Ontario. Better transit means that more people are leaving their cars at home, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Ongoing investment in public transit is part of the Open Ontario plan to build infrastructure and create jobs in local communities.

"Ontario’s dedicated Gas Tax Program provides sustainable transit funding municipalities can count on to improve transit services across the province. Our record investments in public transit strengthen Ontario’s economy, improve air quality and build strong communities."
– Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation


  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
  • Since 2003, public transit ridership has increased by approximately 110 million passenger trips province-wide. This is the equivalent of removing 91 million car trips from our roads.
  • Ontario has provided municipalities with more than $1.3 billion in Gas Tax funding since 2004, in addition to the $316 million allocation in the 2009-10 program year.


Read more about how the Open Ontario plan will invest over $32 billion in infrastructure to strengthen the economy and creating and sustaining over 300,000 jobs.


For more information, please contact:

Karen Wilson
Office of Michael Chan, M.P.P.

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