Ontario Election: Where Does Each Party Stand On Transportation?

An in-depth look at where each party in Ontario stands on the Transportation. This is a part of our 2018 Election Hub.

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Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

With Toronto’s population booming, the parties have begun to feel the real urgency of cutting travel times across Ontario. All major parties are promising major new investments in transit infrastructure. The Liberals also include money to support cycling, the PCs also include money to cut gasoline taxes, and the NDP also include money to cut auto insurance rates. The Green Party focuses its promises on transit infrastructure.

There has been talk about new rail lines from Toronto to Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, London, and Windsor

Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

Liberal Party

The Liberals would more than triple the funding for public transit projects, nearly a seventh of it being allocated to the proposed construction of a high speed rail line between Toronto and Windsor. It also included items like investing $90 million to support cycling.

Progressive Conservative Party

The PCs promise to increase transit investment by $5 billion for subways, relief lines, GO service expansion. The expansions would provide service from Toronto Bowmanville, Kitchener, and Niagara.

They would also seek to create new transportation for the north of the province. One specific proposal is a tax cut for fuel used for flights between northern and southern Ontario.

The PCs would also look into 401 expansions.

Doug Ford has promised to cut gasoline taxes by 10 cents per litre.

New Democratic Party

The NDP platform this year includes their perennial pledge to reduce auto insurance rates by 15%. The Liberals had agreed to adopt this to avoid an early election over the 2013 budget, but failed to actually do so. The NDP also promises to end “neighbourhood discrimination” so that car insurance companies cannot use a driver’s address to set premiums.

In terms of public transit, the NDP would make Toronto accessible by GO rail from Kitchener-Waterloo and Niagara, as well as prioritize building the Hamilton LRT.

Green Party

The Greens say they will add more than $3 billion to the current budget for investments in transit infrastructure. This would include covering 50% of municipal transit costs. It would be paid for primarily by increases to automobile-related and property taxes. It is unclear whether taxes collected from rural Ontarians would be spent on TTC (Toronto public transit) maintenance.

Libertarian Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

None of the Above Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Trillium Party

It appears that a Trillium Party government to be more directly involved in public transportation, rather than delegating it to corporations like Metrolinx (which they claim is a crown agency in name only) and the TTC. They also want public transit to be funded fully by municipalities, and not by the province.


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Mika Ryu

Law student at Western University, and UofT graduate in economics and linguistics. Remember that your version of the world is always too simple.

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