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Applying to MTO’s new Community Transportation Grant Program – What you need to know

Date: January 25, 2018

On the afternoon of January 18th, 2018 over 100 people attended a webinar presented by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on applying to their new Community Transportation (CT) Grant Program. The webinar provided useful information for potential applicants to the “Municipal Stream” of the program and offered a chance for participants to ask questions.

The first hour of the webinar included a presentation by Ministry of Transportation staff on how to apply, what to put in an application and how applications will be evaluated. Key messages included the following:

  • There are two streams and application windows for the new Community Transportation Grant Program: 1) Municipal Stream, and 2) Non-municipal Stream. The intake process for the Municipal Steam is currently open and has up to $30 million over five years available to municipalities in Ontario. An additional $10 million will be made available through the Non-municipal Stream to Indigenous communities, Indigenous-led organizations and not-for-profit organizations starting in summer 2018.
  • Applications to the Municipal Stream must be submitted through Grants Ontario by the deadline of February 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). Grants Ontario encourages applicants to register by February 5, 2018.
  • Under the Municipal Stream of the Program here are two types of projects that are eligible for funding: a) Local Community Transportation Projects and b) Long-distance Scheduled Intercommunity Transportation Projects.
  • The grant program is flexible and permits a diversity of proposals to meet transportation demands. For instance, municipalities may lead projects and deliver services directly, or assign these responsibilities to a partner organization or service provider.
  • Further CT Grant Program details and the application forms are available through Grants Ontario in both English and French.

During the second hour of the webinar, participants from Northern Ontario were encouraged to stay to hear about intercommunity bus service increases in Northern Ontario, as well as opportunities to link community transportation projects to intercommunity bus routes in this region of the province. Presentations were made by staff from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM), the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC), and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). MNDM representatives spoke about increases to intercommunity bus services provided by the ONTC and existing private carriers in Northern Ontario. Implementation of these improvements is currently in progress and will continue over the next few months. The North East LHIN representative provided very detailed information on an upcoming new service for non-urgent patient transportation between major hospitals/medical facilities in the North East Region. An historical and current context was presented, as well as stakeholder concerns, and an overview of the design, operational model & integration plan. Anyone likely to be affected by these services is encouraged to view the slides and/or listen to the webinar recording.

Following the webinar, Jeannie Lee, Senior Policy Advisor with the Municipal Transit Policy Office at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Transit Policy Branch, sent this message:

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Ministry of Transportation, I want to thank everyone for attending the webinar, Applying to MTO’s New Community Transportation Grant Program. We hope the webinar was informative. Please contact us at: CTProgram@ontario.ca if you have more questions. The new CT Program – Municipal Stream will provide up to $30 million to fund local and intercommunity transportation projects, which is 10 times the funding provided by the pilot program. The ministry has more resources to fund more projects, and we encourage interested municipalities and their partner organizations to apply.”

An audio/video recording of the webinar, the presentation slides and answers to the questions that were asked of MTO have been posted under the Resources - Presentations  section of this website (scroll down to Webinar Archives).