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431-00286 (Transportation)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

Whereas:

  • The government's transit 10-year transit plan will end in 2027;
  • Action on public transit means action on climate change, as transportation is responsible for approximately 25 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions; and,
  • According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, a transition to zero-emission public transit can help Canada reach its 2030 Paris Climate Agreement commitments.

We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:

  • Establish a permanent federal funding mechanism for public transit that goes above and beyond the 10-year transit plan ending in 2027;
  • Work together with all levels of government to provide sustainable, predictable, long-term, and adequate funding; and,
  • Establish accountability measures to ensure that all governments work together to increase access to public transit.

Response by the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): Andy Fillmore

The Government of Canada is pleased to respond to this petition.

From Canada’s small towns to its largest urban centres, safe, modern, and efficient public transit is vital to the functioning of communities, and it is a priority for the Government of Canada. Public transit investment helps to reduce traffic congestion on roads, and helps contribute to healthier and more sustainable communities. Public transit is the primary means of mobility for many Canadians, allowing them to access jobs, education, health care and social activities. With increasing urbanization and an aging population, transit systems in both urban and rural areas will need to adapt their services. That is why the Government of Canada is investing $28.7 billion over 12 years to support ambitious public transit projects. This long-term, stable funding will make it possible for Canadian communities to transform the way people live, move and work.

In recognition of the need for long-term, predictable transit funding, the Government of Canada is committed to making public transit funding permanent, and to ensuring that the value of this funding increases over time with the cost of construction.

The Government of Canada has also committed to ensuring that federal investments in public transit are used to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, including by helping municipalities and school boards purchase zero-emission transit and school buses over the next five years. The Government has also signalled that, starting in 2023, new federal investments in public transit will be used to support zero-emission buses and rail systems.

The Government of Canada works closely with provincial, territorial and municipal partners to fund infrastructure projects. Going forward, these shared investments will remove barriers, bring people together, and foster liveable communities across Canada.

Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
June 18, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00286)
Government response tabled
September 24, 2020
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia

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