It’s no coincidence that the world’s most dynamic cities feature some of the best transit systems available. Modern and efficient public transit increases productivity, cuts commute times and reduces pollution—all while attracting top employers and skilled workers.

Our work has led to historic federal investments in public transit for communities of all sizes. In 2017, the federal government allocated $21.1 billion over 11 years to transit construction, expansion and rehabilitation. What’s more, it took our advice to deliver funding as predictable allocations to all cities and towns with transit systems, so they can plan ahead.

In the 19th century we built railway systems that linked regions across Canada, and in the 20th century we reached out to the world through our ports and highways. Tomorrow, our public transit will shape the next generation of livable, sustainable and world-class Canadian cities.

Economic growth generated per $1B invested in transit
annual cost of productivity lost to traffic congestion
4.7 M
tonnes GHG emissions reduced annually by transit use
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Local governments own approximately 60 percent of the public infrastructure that supports our economy and quality of life. Through advocacy and support, we help them build a stronger Canada.
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