Comment 105393

By StephenBarath (registered) | Posted October 15, 2014 at 14:40:37

"We're paying for an LRT line in Waterloo..."

Here in Hamilton, where we’re talking about 100% funding from the provincial government, this sounds like Waterloo Region’s LRT must be provincially funded. That’s not the case: a third of the funding is coming from the provincial government; another third from the federal government; and the remainder from the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. The Municipality had initially hoped for a larger contribution from the Province, but had to cover the shortfall.

It’s unclear to say that “we” are paying for an LRT in Waterloo. Part of the funding is coming from the coffers of other levels of government, and I guess it’s true that taxpayers in Hamilton contribute to those. But a significant portion of the project is being funded at the municipal level.

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