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MINISTER SOHI ANNOUNCES 480M IN PUBLIC TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING FOR BRAMPTON 

MISSISSAUAGA, ON, March14th, 2018 –The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, joined by Ms. Kamal Khera, Ms. Sonia Sidhu, Ms. Ruby Sahota, Mr. Adam Vaughan,and Mr. Omar Alghabra, Members of Parliament from Peel Region, to announce that our federal Government has negotiated a $11.8 billion bilateral infrastructure agreement with the province of Ontario to support the development of Public Transit, Green, Community, Cultural, and Recreational infrastructure.

The federal Government will finance up to 40% of the cost of projects proposed by municipalities and the Ontario Government will contribute up 33.3% of the cost.  Municipalities will only be required tosource the remaining 26.7% of expenses; reducing the infrastructure gap our cities are currently facing.  Through this agreement Brampton will receive $480 million in public transit investments ($191.6M (Government of Canada), $158.1M (Government of Ontario), and $129.4M (City of Brampton)).  These investments will help improve quality, remove accessibility barriers, and increase the capacity of our city’s public transit network,both the Brampton Transit and Zum lines.

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a climate lens will be applied to the project review process.  This is part of our federal Government’s historic plan to invest $180 billion in critical infrastructure projects that will make life easier for hard working middle class Canadians, while creating well-paying middleclass jobs.

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“Brampton a high-growth municipality, which experienced a transit ridership growth of 9.2% in 2016 to 23.1 million annual passenger trips.  An investment of $480 million in critical public transit projects will make it easier for middle class Bramptonians to live, move, and work.”- Ms. Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament (Brampton West) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.

About Ms. Kamal Khera – Ms. Kamal Khera is the Member of Parliament for Brampton West and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue.  She is a registered nurse, community volunteer and a political activist.  Ms. Khera serves on the National Finance Committee as a non-voting member.

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