2019 Top-Up Benefits Communities Across Ontario
In 2019, the federal government announced a one-time doubling of the federal Gas Tax Fund.
Communities across Canada received $4.4 billion from the federal Gas Tax Fund in 2019 – an increase of $2.2 billion over 2018’s distribution, thanks to the top-up. Ontario’s share of the Fund came to $1.6 billion in 2019. AMO delivered nearly $1.3 billion to municipalities across the province.
This top-up is expediting and kickstarting infrastructure projects across Ontario. The additional funding allows municipalities to tackle projects that had been long delayed for lack of funds, invest in innovative new assets, undertake larger-scale projects, accelerate timelines and complete additional projects.
Examples of some of the projects that municipalities have already completed using top-up funds are scattered throughout the 2019 Annual Report.
A video showing the impact of the top-up on some of Ontario’s communities can be viewed below.