Town of Pelham Eligible for Over $210,000 from Province for Community Transit

Published on July 21, 2021

Fonthill - The Ontario government is extending funding of up to $14 million over two years for communities providing transportation services in unserved and underserved regions across Ontario through the Community Transportation Grant Program. As part of this two-year extension, the Town of Pelham is eligible to receive provincial support of up to $105,099.88 per year in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for a total of up to $210,199.76 over two years.

"As Ontario recovers from COVID-19, reliable transportation is vital for accessing employment and social programs, attending appointments, visiting friends and family, and maintaining an independent and active lifestyle," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"The extension of the provincial funding is great news for residents of the Town of Pelham who rely on public transit."

"Coming out of COVID-19, public transit is going to be more important than ever as people start to get moving throughout Pelham and Niagara again," said Marvin Junkin, Mayor of the Town of Pelham.

"The Province's commitment to community transit in Pelham is one that will have immediate and significant impacts on local residents who rely on transit to get to work, visit family, and generally get around the region."

Additional funding will help ensure transportation services in 38 communities across the province have additional time to fully establish their transportation services as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build transportation services up to a sustainable level. This will better position municipalities to continue operating after the program has completed.

"The Community Transportation Grant Program is making life easier for people living in areas with few public transportation options," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

"The additional investment in local and intercommunity transportation services will help residents – including Indigenous people, seniors and people with disabilities – get to work, school or appointments and will give communities added security as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and plan for the future."

The Community Transportation Grant Program is currently providing up to $30 million over five years (2018-2023) to 38 municipalities to deliver 43 projects. This includes several municipalities who are partnering with or serving Indigenous communities and organizations.

The funding announced today will extend support for transportation services including bus service, on-demand shared rides and door-to-door transportation services supported by the program for two additional years.