Toronto City Council accepts $226 million in Province of Ontario funding to continue delivering the SmartTrack Stations Program

2023 June 15

Today, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to receive $226 million in provincial funding for the delivery of the SmartTrack Stations Program.

Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie announced Wednesday that the funding had been secured from the Province of Ontario. Following Council’s request in March, the City and the Province successfully negotiated construction funding terms, signalling a commitment for the SmartTrack program and ensuring the transit initiative can proceed to construction as soon as possible.

The revised SmartTrack Station Programs budget is $1.689 billion, including $878 million from the City, $585 million from the Government of Canada and $226 million from the Province of Ontario. The Program represents a collaborative approach from all three orders of government to transit expansion and is one of several major transit expansion projects underway and planned for Toronto.

With additional funding in place, the City and Metrolinx are working to prepare various sites for SmartTrack construction and will proceed with a design-build contract award for the Bloor-Lansdowne station. The SmartTrack Stations Program scope consists of five stations: Bloor-Lansdowne, East Harbour, Finch-Kennedy, King-Liberty and St. Clair-Old Weston. SmartTrack is a significant investment for the City to improve transportation options within Toronto and expand transit access by leveraging existing transit infrastructure. Combined with Metrolinx’s GO Expansion Program, SmartTrack will leverage heavy rail infrastructure in Toronto used for regional commuter service into an urban rapid transit network.

City Council agenda item EX5.2 – SmartTrack Stations Program – Provincial Funding Update, which City Council considered today, is available on the City’s website.

The Supplementary Report from the Interim Deputy City Manager, Infrastructure and Development Services on SmartTrack Stations Program – Provincial Funding Update (EX5.2a) is also available on the City’s website .

Market conditions within the construction sector have changed considerably since the initial budget development. Several factors including supply chain uncertainty, continued cost inflation and instability in market participation and labour supply conflated to exert significant pressure on SmartTrack Stations Program delivery. As a result, additional funding is required to deliver the SmartTrack Program. Today’s approval of funding from the Province of Ontario will ensure that the SmartTrack Stations program can proceed to construction.

City Council also voted unanimously to reaffirm its support for fare integration across all transit systems in the Toronto region.