Niagara Region, cities and towns get their Gas Tax allotments from the province

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Published January 20, 2022 at 11:57 am

Both Niagara Region and seven of its towns and cities that provide transit services got their Gas Tax cash from the province – an amount that tallies $6,935,746 in total.

The region, which provides NRT OnDemand transit to the bus-less communities of Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and West Lincoln, will receive $1,141,830.


The municipalities with transit services will also see the share. St. Catharines is in line to collect $2,644,675 followed by Niagara Falls who will collect $1,603,144.

Welland is going to receive $670,905, followed by Fort Erie at $286,701, Thorold is line for $272,810, Niagara-on-the-Lake will collect $165,301 while Port Colborne will add $150,380 to its coffers.

After the announcement, Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff said, “Our government knows that supporting public transit systems is more important than ever as communities struggle to maintain service levels during COVID-19. That is why we have topped up this year’s Gas Tax funding to make up for reduced sales at the pump.”

Oosterhoff said the province dropped another $120 million into Gas Tax funding to make up for reduced gas consumption during 2021’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Municipalities that  have public transit services in their community get two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax revenue to use at their discretion, whether its extended hours, new buses, more routes or simply fixing the roads used by transit.

 

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