It’s no coincidence that the world’s most dynamic cities feature some of the best transit systems available. Modern and efficient public transit increases productivity, cuts commute times and reduces pollution—all while attracting top employers and skilled workers. Transit services are also disproportionately relied upon by women, racialized and Indigenous people, students, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Quality transit creates equitable, vibrant cities, and enables us to meet our climate goals.

Our work has led to historic federal investments in public transit for communities of all sizes. In 2021, the federal government announced the creation of a permanent public transit fund of $3 billion per year, beginning in 2026-27, and $5.9 billion in near term funding—building on $25 billion in federal transit investments through the 10-year Investing in Canada Plan. The Permanent Transit Fund is the culmination of years of advocacy by FCM and our members, and will enable cities and communities to build public transit for the next generation.

Transit solutions are needed across the country in rural and regional communities as well as in our largest cities. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund provides $250 million, over five years starting in 2021, for planning and design grants, capital procurement and construction for a wide range of transit modes that meet rural communities’ needs.

Effective public transit infrastructure allows people to leave the car at home and to choose healthier, more sustainable options like walking and cycling. The federal government has announced a $400 million Active Transportation Fund over five years, starting in 2021. This fund responds to FCM advocacy for expansions to walking and cycling infrastructure that have been vital during pandemic lockdowns, and for a modal shift in support of climate targets.

In the 19th century we built railway systems that linked regions across Canada, and in the 20th century we reached out to the world through our ports and highways. Tomorrow, our public transit will shape the next generation of livable, sustainable and world-class Canadian cities and regions.

Economic growth generated per $1B invested in transit
annual cost of productivity lost to traffic congestion
4.7 M
tonnes GHG emissions reduced annually by transit use
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