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Public Transit

It's no accident that many of the most dynamic cities in the world also have the best public transit systems. Modern and efficient public transit increases productivity, cuts gridlock and pollution, and connects people, services and businesses to one another.

The 2017 federal budget launched the next era of public transit by offering cities the predictable funding allocations they need to kick-start major expansions. This means $20.1 billion over the next 11 years for public transit construction, expansion and rehabilitation, including more than $3.9 billion in the next five years.

When provinces step forward as full financial partners, this will mean shorter commutes, higher productivity, lower emissions — and more vibrant, livable cities that attract tomorrow's best and brightest.

Quick Facts

32 working days

The amount of time the average Canadian commuter spends travelling to and from work.

Source: Statistics Canada, Commuting to Work, 2011 National Household Survey, 2013.


The return to the economy for every dollar invested in transit.

Source: Canadian Urban Transit Association.

$10 billion

The annual amount of productivity lost due to traffic congestion.

Source: Benjamin Dachis, C.D. Howe Institute, Cars, Congestion and Costs: A New Approach to Evaluating Government Infrastructure Investment, 2013.


The growth in public transit ridership in Canada from 2006 to 2012.

Source: Canadian Urban Transit Association.

2.4 million tonnes

The annual reduction in GHG emissions thanks to public transit use, valued at $110 million.

Source: Canadian Urban Transit Association, Measuring Success: The Economic Impact of Transit Investment in Canada, 2010).

Almost 2/3

The reduction in GHG emissions achieved by taking the bus instead of your car.

Source: Canadian Urban Transit Association, Issue Paper 16, 2005.
Page Updated: 03/04/2018