(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
The city of Mississauga is receiving $16.3 million from the province this year for transit.
Overall, the Ontario government is providing $332.9 million in gas tax funding to 95 municipalities to expand and improve public transit — an increase of $11.4 million from 2014.
“Year over year, this permanent funding program helps improve and expand our public transit systems,” said transportation minister Steven Del Duca.
The city held its first transportation summit on Nov. 9, where the creation of walkable environments was discussed by speakers, including U.S. transportation expert Samuel Schwartz.
“Just using transit burns about 20 per cent more calories than driving,” Schwartz told the QEW South Post. One in 10 residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga has diabetes, according to Peel Region’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa, and we’re on pace to increase to one in six by 2025.
Every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors, according to the province.