“There is a reason that all these great Canadians, community leaders, business groups and ordinary Canadians are crying out for us to act. Transit is important. In fact, it is vital.” —Olivia Chow, MP

Discover which Canadian Cities and Organizations are Supporting the National Transit Strategy

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

“The Federation of Canadian Municipalities supports the public transit bill introduced today by New Democrat Critic for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Olivia Chow.  Public transit is key to a strong economy and must be part of the long-term infrastructure plan. Investing in transit is an investment in the future of our economy.”     – Berry Vrbanovic, President

Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

“AMO believes that the framework established by the Bill would form an important support for municipalities that may in the future contemplate establishing or expanding transit services.”     – Gary McNamara, President

Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)

“We have always been supportive of a strong participation of the federal government in public transit. Indeed, we believe that close collaboration between all orders of government is essential in addressing the challenges our communities are facing when it comes to offering sustainable mobility options… In order to adequately respond to the growing demand for public transit, communities must develop long-term plans with the support of their local, territorial, provincial and federal governments.”     – Michael Roschlau, President

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

“Public transit is a vital service that contributes to economic growth. As you are aware, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce supports the development of a National Transit Strategy that fosters sustainable transit infrastructure across Canada and addresses the needs of Canada’s urban centers and rural communities.”     – Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)

“On behalf of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, representing 277 urban municipalities, I am writing to express our support for this important Bill.”     – Linda Sloan, President

Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council (ATU)

“The ATU wholeheartedly supports your Private Member’s Bill to Create a National Public Transit Strategy. We, too, believe public transit benefits our society in numerous ways: it is safer, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly and helps ease traffic congestion.”     – Stan Dera, Director

Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS)

“Intelligent transportation technologies play a large role in the sustainability of public transit, and in moving citizens to their destinations faster and safer. We thus support your objective in bringing innovation into any strategy developed, to ensure that the high value-added jobs and capital required to bring the strategy to fruition remain in Canada.”     – Scott Steward, Chairman of the Board

Société de transport de l’Outaouais

“Ainsi nous saluons et appuyons sans réserve le Projet de Loi C-305, ayant pour effet d’établir uns Stratégie nationale de transport en commun et qui permettra de garantir aux Canadiens l’accès à des transports en commun rapides, abordables et accessibles.

Le gouvernement fédéral doit faire preuve de leadership dans la démarche pancanadienne de mobilité durable. La mise sur pied de cette stratégie devra aboutir sur des engagements financiers et des investissements permanents pour répondre aux travaux de renouvellement, d’amélioration et de développement des réseaux  de transport collectif dans notre région et à travers tout le pays.”    – Patrice Martin, President

London Transit Commission (LTC)

“The London Transit Commission fully supports the private member’s bill. Furthermore, London Transit will be communicating that support to the Federal Minister of Transport.”     – Frank Berry, Chair

City of Whitehorse, Yukon

“At a time when many public services are being reduced, and resources of municipalities increasingly stretched, long-term, reliable funding and a national transit strategy for transit are fundamental. A national transit strategy will help to make transit both accessible and affordable.” – Mayor Bev Buckway

CodeRedTO Transit Initiative

“CodeRedTO strongly believes that Canadian municipalities need stable and sustainable investment in public transit operation and expansion.  We hope that, through efforts like Olivia Chow’s National Transit Strategy bill, Canada’s government creates a fiscally responsible plan for transit funding without delay.”     – Joe Drew, Spokesperson.

Sustainable Urban Development Association (SUDA)

“Canada needs a strong national transit strategy that recognizes the importance of rapid expansions of public transit systems in Canada. We are now in an era of much higher energy costs for transportation, growing urban traffic congestion that constrains economic health and personal well-being, and a pace of climate destabilization (partly caused by motor vehicle GHG emissions) that is at risk of becoming much more rapid and destructive than generally assumed… This Bill should be supported by all members of parliament.”     – John Stillich, Executive Director

Peel Environmental Youth Alliance

“Municipalities simply do not have the money to fund million and billion dollar projects on their own. Thank you for this much needed bill, [we] hope all parties see the environmental and economic value it provides.”      – Lucas Krist, Spokesperson


Complete List of National Transit Strategy Supporter

Communities Across Canada

  • Calgary, Alberta – Mayor Naheed Nenshi
  • Edmonton, Alberta – Mayor Stephen Mandel
  • Grande Prairie, Alberta – Mayor Bill Given
  • Kelowna, British Columbia – Mayor Sharon Shepherd
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia – Mayor John Ruttan
  • Parkville, British Columbia – Mayor Chris Burger
  • Surrey, British Columbia – Mayor Dianne Watts
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – Mayor Sam Katz
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland – Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and City Council
  • Mississauga, Ontario – Mayor Hazel McCallion
  • Ottawa, Ontario – City Council
  • Ajax, Ontario – Town Council
  • Oshawa, Ontario – Mayor John Henry
  • Oakville, Ontario – Mayor Rob Burton
  • Burlington, Ontario – Mayor Rick Goldring
  • London, Ontario – Mayor Joe Fontana
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario – Mayor James Diodati
  • Durham, Ontario – Regional Council
  • Pickering, Ontario – City Council
  • Russell, Ontario – Council of the Township of Russell
  • Scugog, Ontario – Council of the Township of Scugog
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Mayor Clifford Lee
  • Casselman, Ontario – Council of the Village of Casselman
  • Sherbrooke, Québec – Maire Bernard Sévigny
  • Farnham, Québec – conseil municipal
  • Regina, Saskatchewan – Mayor Pat Fiacco
  • Whitehorse, Yukon – Mayor Bev Buckway

Transit Operators

  • Ottawa Transit Commission (OC Transpo)
  • TransLink (British Columbia South Coast Transportation Agency)
  • BC Transit
  • Société de transport de l’Outaouais – Gatineau, Québec
  • Calgary Handi-Bus Association
  • Barrie Transit
  • Durham Region Transit
  • London Transit Commission
  • NPGR Transport Board – North Glengarry Prescott Russell
  • Mississauga Transit
  • Pacific Western Transportation

Municipal Organizations

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
  • Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC)
  • Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
  • Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
  • Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB)
  • Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA)

Major Organizations

  • Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
  • Toronto Board of Trade
  • Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
  • Transport Action Canada
  • The Pembina Institute
  • Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation
  • Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA)
  • Hamilton Environment
  • BC Sustainable Energy Association
  • Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
  • Intelligent Transport Systems Canada (ITS)
  • City Green Solutions
  • Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)
  • Surrey Citizens’ Transportation Initiative (Surrey CiTI)
  • CodeRedTO Transit Initiative
  • TransitHub Toronto
  • Bfast – Burlington for Accessible, Sustainable Transit
  • Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto
  • Clean Train Coalition
  • Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW)
  • Sustainable Urban Development Association (SUDA)
  • Peel Environmental Youth Alliance, Mississauga

Labour Unions

  • Canadian Auto Workers (CAW)
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) – Canadian Council
  • Brampton-Mississauga & District Labour Council
  • Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 591
  • Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 846
  • Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 1182
  • Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 1374
  • Amalgamated Transit Union – Local 1722