Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced that the province is providing up to an additional $1,905,511.40 in funding to three local municipalities through the Community Transportation Grant Program.
From 2023 to 2025 Grey County is eligible to receive $924,359.66, the City of Owen Sound is eligible to receive $674,054.62, and the Township of Southgate is eligible to receive $307,097.12.
The additional funding will help ensure that local transportation services 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.
“This is excellent news for the residents across Grey County,” said MPP Walker. “This additional funding support will help ensure people have access to transportation services that are needed in our community. As we recover from COVID-19, reliable transportation services will be key for accessing life’s essentials and for supporting the local economy.”
“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 inter-community 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. This includes several municipalities which are partnering with or serving Indigenous communities and organizations. The funding announced today will extend support for transportation services supported by the program for two additional years.
Services supported through the Community Transportation Grant Program include bus service, on-demand shared rides, and door-to-door transportation services that support various population groups including seniors and people with disabilities.