THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Terrace Bay and Atikokan will receive funding to provide better transportation service to residents.
As part of the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program, municipalities were invited to partner with community agencies and organizations to apply for funds for coordinated transportation strategies.
- Atikokan funds of $91,586 will go towards a new coordinated service to share vehicles and drivers, and centralize trip booking a dispatch for 9 organizations.
- Terrace Bay funds of $95,847 will go towards a new service to connect 5 communities to Thunder Bay for medical appointments.
Investing in public transportation is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
“This is great for the residents of Atikokan and Terrace Bay. As part of this project, these communities will be able to provide more effective transportation service, making public transportation more accessible to many. This will help our residents be more engaged in these communities, making them stronger as a whole,” shared Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“I am delighted that the communities of Atikokan and Terrace Bay are able to benefit from the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program. This investment will help ensure residents have transportation access to medical appointments,” commented Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
“The government of Ontario is committed to ensuring better access to transportation services for all residents, so that they can stay connected to their communities and maintain an active lifestyle. Our transportation investments like the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program help build stronger communities,” stated Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
The Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program, launched on November 25, 2014, provides financial assistance to Ontario municipalities to partner with community organizations to coordinate existing local transportation services and share transportation resources to improve service to the community.
Up to $1 million in funding will be provided from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017. The maximum individual grant amount per eligible project is $100,000.
After March 31, 2017, the funded community transportation services will be evaluated to determine the effectiveness of coordinated community transportation as a service delivery model.
Applications closed on January 30, 2015. Fifty-four applications were received from all over Ontario.
Learn more about the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program.
Learn more about the Building Together plan.
Learn more about Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat.