London, Ontario, August 20, 2014 – The Town of Collingwood has won an AMO Gas Tax Award for investments in local transit.
Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo presented the award on stage on August 19 to Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood.

The AMO Gas Tax Awards celebrate excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund. Winning projects improve local quality of life and contribute to a cleaner environment.   

“Investing the federal Gas Tax Fund into local transit has helped us overhaul our fleet resulting in a major increase in ridership,” said Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood. “I am proud that Collingwood has been recognized with an AMO Gas Tax Award.”  

Over the past eight years, Collingwood invested $1.4 million of federal Gas Tax funds into local transit. The system now boasts expanded service, new buses and increased ridership. The long-term nature of the funding has allowed the Town to plan for the future with multi-year service plans and budgets. Accessible transit vehicles, service improvements and cross-border destinations have reduced the number of cars on the road.

“Collingwood’s residents are benefitting from expanded transit service thanks, in part, to the federal Gas Tax Fund,” said Russ Powers, past AMO President. “Ridership is up 163 per cent. It’s as is each resident of Collingwood took five extra transit trips!”

The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent and stable sources of funding for municipal infrastructure. It provides Ontario municipalities with $744 million per year of entitlement based funding. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. It is invested in infrastructure that makes our communities safer, more efficient and prosperous.  The City of London also received a 2014 AMO Gas Tax Award for its Regional Materials Recovery Facility. The Region of Durham received an honourable mention for the Durham York Energy Centre. You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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