Three communities in the riding of Hastings-Lennox and Addition will receive an additional $460,344.56 in funding from the provincial government’s Community Transportation Grant Program.
The Town of Deseronto is eligible to receive provincial funding of up to $67,777.28 per year in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for a total of up to $135,554.56 over two years.
The Township of Addington Highlands is eligible to receive provincial funding of up to $76,622.98 per year in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for a total of up to $153,245.95 over two years.
And the County of Lennox & Addington is eligible to receive provincial funding of up to $85,772.02 per year in 2023-24 and 2024-25 for a total of up to $171,544.05 over two years.
The additional funding will help ensure these municipalities have additional time to fully establish their transportation services as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and return transportation services up to a sustainable level, according to a release from MPP Daryl Kramp’s office. This will better position municipalities to continue operating after the program has completed.
“This is excellent news for residents of these three municipalities,” said MPP Daryl Kramp. “This additional funding support will help ensure people have access to transportation services needed in our community. As we recover from COVID-19, reliable transportation services will be important for accessing life’s essentials and supporting the local economy.”
The Community Transportation Grant Program is currently providing up to $30 million over five years (2018-2023) to 38 municipalities. This includes several municipalities who are partnering with or serving Indigenous communities and organizations, according to the release. The funding announcement will extend support for transportation services supported by the program for two additional years.
“The Community Transportation Grant Program is making life easier for people living in areas with few public transportation options,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “The additional investment in local and intercommunity transportation services will help residents – including Indigenous people, seniors and people with disabilities – get to work, school or appointments and will give communities added security as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and plan for the future.”
Services supported through the Community Transportation Grant Program include bus service, on-demand shared rides and door-to-door transportation services that support various population groups including seniors and people with disabilities.