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Town of Caledon Receives Grant

Written by Patti Foley

Town of Caledon receives $100,000 grant from Province of Ontario to improve Transportation for Youth, Seniors, Persons Living With Disabilities

Community Transportation Program Will Build Stronger Communities

The Ministry of Transportation announced today that a new pilot grant program will improve community transportation services for seniors, persons living with disabilities, youth and other members of the community who need transportation. In March 2015, 11 municipalities were selected to receive up to $100,000 to provide better transportation services by sharing and coordinating community transportation resources.

“The government of Ontario is happy to help municipalities provide more transportation options to their residents. Our transportation investments like the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program help build stronger communities by helping residents stay connected to their communities and maintain an active lifestyle,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

As a result of additional funding, another 11 municipalities will also receive up to $100,000. The Town of Caledon will receive $100,000 to leverage existing transportation through optimization of routing strategies to provide more rides through shared services.

“We are pleased to be a recipient of the $100,000 grant from the Province of Ontario,” said Mayor Allan Thompson. “Access to transportation is a significant issue in Caledon. By leveraging partnerships in our community, in this case with Caledon Community Services and the Ministry of Transportation, we can support more members of our community in their transportation needs.”

The Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program provides funds to municipalities to partner with community organizations, such as health and community agencies, transit agencies, school-bus operators and private transit operators, to co-ordinate local transportation services, so more rides can be provided for more people to more destinations.

This program is part of the Ontario government’s commitment to provide support to help seniors stay healthy and stay at home longer. It will also improve transportation services, options, and resources for everyone in the community, such as students and youth who need to get to school, persons living with disabilities, or those in rural areas where amenities and services are too far to reach without a car.

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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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