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Province Investing in Enhanced Public Transit Cleaning

Ontario provides funding to Simcoe-Grey to keep passengers and employees safe

June 29, 2020

Collingwood — Today, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson announced that the province is keeping transit riders and operators safe and reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by providing municipalities in the riding with more than $80-thousand to cover additional cleaning costs of municipal transit systems due to COVID-19. This funding is part of $15 million in provincial support for 110 municipalities across the province towards enhanced transit cleaning as the province gradually reopens.

Enhanced municipal transit cleaning funding builds upon the recommendations in the recently-released safety guidance for public transit agencies and supports safe and reliable transit public transit that will get people moving, reduce congestion, and drive economic growth.

"Our public transit systems are critical to supporting the economy and getting residents where they need to go as our communities gradually re-open, people return to work and families slowly begin a near-normal lifestyle," said Mr. Wilson.

"We recognize that municipal transit agencies across the province are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "That is why we are providing funding for enhanced cleaning on public transit systems and continuing to work closely with our municipal partners to support safety on public transit."

Municipal Transit Cleaning allocations within Simcoe-Grey are:

Clearview: $5,657
Collingwood: $13,507
New Tecumseth: $14,130
Simcoe County: $39,084
Wasaga Beach: $9,202

Today's announcement is part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. This $17 billion immediate response provides urgent support to help Ontario businesses, workers, seniors, families, students, Indigenous peoples and communities, and vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
The action plan includes $3.3 billion of additional resources for health care, $3.7 billion to support people and jobs, and it makes available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

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