Transit & Transportation

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Public transit options

Conservative

Introduce a Green Public Transit Tax Credit on transit passes allowing for unlimited travel within Canada on local transit options.

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NDP

Modernize and expand public transit across Canada and ensure funding with an emphasis on scaling up low-carbon transit, aiming at electrifying transit by 2030. Expand and re-establish bus service in rural regions. Help municipalities work towards fare-free transit.

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Transit infrastructure

Liberal

  • Make the federal commitment to fund public transit permanent, keeping up with the rising cost of construction.
  • Provide an additional $3 billion / per year.
  • Require new federal investments be used to support zero-emission buses and rail systems starting in 2023.

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Conservative

Fund the Ontario Line and Yonge Subway Extension.

NDP

  • Put in place a permanent, direct, allocation-based funding mechanism for modern public transit.
  • Step up investments to help cities transition bus fleets to electric.
  • Expand affordable rail and bus options in all parts of the country.

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Low-emissions vehicles

Liberal

  • Install up to 5000 charging stations along the Trans Canada Highway and other major road networks.
  • Provide a 10% rebate on a used zero-emission vehicle up to a max value of $2000.
  • Explore measures to support the conversion of business fleets.

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NDP

  • Build towards 100% of new car sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2040, with a focus on such vehicles being manufactured in Canada.
  • Waive federal sales tax on zero-emission vehicle purchases.
  • Expand charging networks and help homeowners install chargers.

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Green

  • Ban sale of internal combustion engine passenger vehicles by 2030.
  • Exempt new and used zero-emission vehicles from federal sales tax.
  • Expand charging stations for electric vehicles.
  • Use sustainable biofuels where electric and fuel cells are not viable.

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Active transportation

NDP

Promote smart community planning and active transportation such as walking and cycling.

Green

Create a national cycling and walking infrastructure fund to help support zero emissions active transportation.

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Passenger ferries

Liberal

Support efforts to convert ships such as ferries from heavy oil and diesel.

Green

Require all passenger ferries to convert to electric or hybrid systems by 2030.

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Rail

Green

  • Invest $600m in 2020-21, rising to $720m by 2023, to develop regional and inter-regional rail networks.
  • Build high-speed rail in the Toronto-Ottawa-Quebec City triangle and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor.
  • Develop a Green Freight Transport programme and fund track re-routing.

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Northern travel

Liberal

  • Provide at least $1,200 in deductible travel costs for people living in the Northern Zone, and $600 for those in the Intermediate Zone.
  • Direct the Competition Bureau to oversee pricing of transportation in the North.