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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is the MPP for Oakville. He is the Minister of Labour, and has held the following positions: Chief Government Whip, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. He has been involved in Oakville politics since he was elected in 1986.

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Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Oakville get out of their cars and onto public transit.

For the 11th consecutive year, the Ontario government is providing support to Oakville to improve its public transit system for families. Over the last two years, Ontario gas tax funding allowed Oakville Transit to increase the size of its specialized transit fleet (care-A-van) by 50 per cent and upgrade infrastructure to improve accessibility at more than 100 bus stops. In previous years, with Ontario’s funding has supported a variety of projects in Oakville including:

* the purchase of PRESTO fare card equipment
* the mid-life bus rebuild program to extend the use of transit vehicles
* new bike racks, security cameras and bus shelters at various locations
* new rider information signboards and destination signs on buses

Expanding public transit is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


* With this year’s allocation, the Ontario government has committed $3.1 billion in gas tax funding since 2004.
* In 2013, Ontario made its Gas Tax Program permanent to help municipalities improve transit.
* One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
* In 2013, there was an increase of more than 204 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 170-million car trips from our roads.



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