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Largest public transit investment in Toronto area will create jobs and kickstart economy

Christian Fernsby |
Building on historic investments in public transit, the Government of Canada announced a historic investment of $26.8 billion for four shovel-ready public transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), prioritized by the province, the City of Toronto and York Region.

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The federal government is contributing 40% of each project, up to a total of $10.4 billion.

• Scarborough Subway Extension - $5.5 billion
• Eglinton Crosstown West - $4.7 billion
• Ontario Line - $10.9 billion
• Yonge North Subway Extension - $5.6 billion

Federal funding for the Yonge North Extension is conditional on Treasury Board approval.

This once-in-a-generation public transit investment in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which represents 20% of Canada’s population and growing, has the third highest transit system ridership in North America.

When complete, 6 million people across the GTA will have better access to Toronto services, with public transit routes covering 1,200 kilometres. And with light rail vehicles producing near zero emissions, it is critical to reducing emissions in the transportation sector and driving Canada to net zero emissions by 2050.

These investments are a key part of the government's plan to kickstart economy and create one million jobs.

Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

Since 2015, the government has spent over $13 billion in more than 1,300 public transit projects across Canada. These investments have helped build more than 240 km of new public transit subway and light rail line, purchase over 300 electric buses, and create almost 500 km of active transportation trails, bike and pedestrian lanes and recreational paths.

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