It is an exciting time for transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
as Provincial funding is making significant and critical infrastructure
Through MoveOntario 2020, the Government of Ontario announced a list of 52
transit improvement and expansion projects and a commitment of $11.5
billion. Since that announcement in June 2007, those projects have formed
the basis for The Big Move, the Regional Transportation Plan.
To swiftly get transit improvements underway, the Ontario government
approved a $744 million package known as Quick Wins.
In spring 2009, the Province of Ontario announced an unprecedented
$9.5 billion in funding, including more than $300 million from the
Federal Government, for transit projects known as the Metrolinx Big 5.
These projects included Viva Bus Rapid Transit on Hwy. 7 and Yonge
Street in York Region, and Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT), Scarborough
Rapid Transit, Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown and Sheppard East LRT in the City of
In early 2011, the scopes of the Toronto projects were redefined by
Metrolinx, the Government of Ontario and the newly appointed City of
Toronto administration. In March 2011, the parties reached a consensus
on a revised plan with a greater focus on higher-order, grade separated
rapid transit services.
Metrolinx will focus on the delivery of the
Crosstown Project and the City of Toronto will focus on
Sheppard Subway extension west to Downsview and east to Scarborough
The original funding for the Toronto Metrolinx Big 5 projects is being
redirected towards the revised plan and provides an excellent start for
transit improvements and network expansion in our region.
For more information, please visit the
Future of Funding
We cannot continue to rely solely on Provincial funding for future
transportation projects given our current fiscal environment. Metrolinx is
legislated to report back to the province by 2013 with an Investment
Strategy that will help keep the ball rolling with investments in
More information on the Investment Strategy