Ford heads to Ottawa seeking cash for pet transit projects - 2020-03-11
Doug Ford and a coterie of his top ministers will travel to Ottawa later this week with a list of funding requests they'd like to see covered in the next federal budget, including a sharp increase in transit funding to help deliver the Ontario premier's subway-centric plans.
Ford is seeking some $11 billion, or more than double Toronto's total allocation of federal transit funding for the next decade, in order to deliver a four-part transit expansion that is expected to cost $28.5 billion.
Under the terms of an existing deal between the province and the federal government, Ottawa is typically expected to provide 40 per cent of the funding for new transit projects. But the size of Ford's plan is much larger than had been anticipated in previous federal budgets.