MILTON — Today, Parm Gill, MPP for Milton, announced the province is keeping transit riders and operators safe in Milton by providing $48,536 to cover additional cleaning costs of municipal transit systems due to COVID-19. This funding is part of $15 million in provincial support for 110 municipalities across the province towards enhanced transit cleaning as the province gradually reopens.

Enhanced municipal transit cleaning funding builds upon the recommendations in the recently-released safety guidance for public transit agencies, and supports safe, reliable public transit that will get people moving, reduce congestion, and drive economic growth.

“As we gradually return to work, the funding provided by our government will allow us to do so safely,” said MPP Gill. “Whether it’s $48,536 for enhanced cleaning on our public transit system, or investing over $5.2 million for Halton Healthcare, I will continue to take actions that keep our community healthy and well,” added MPP Gill.

“We recognize that municipal transit agencies across the province are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we are providing funding for enhanced cleaning on public transit systems and continuing to work closely with our municipal partners to support safety on public transit.”

Today’s announcement is part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. This $17 billion immediate response provides urgent support to help Ontario businesses, workers, seniors, families, students, Indigenous peoples and communities, and vulnerable populations during COVID-19.

The action plan includes $3.3 billion of additional resources for health care, $3.7 billion to support people and jobs, and it makes available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.