Yuri Bilinsky, New Pathway – Ukrainian News.
Although the traffic gridlock in the Greater Toronto Area has eased somewhat during the pandemic, the transit issue, which has persisted in Canada’s biggest city for many years, continues to influence decisions by all three levels of government. On May 11, the federal government announced $10.4 billion in funding for four public transit projects in the GTA: Ontario Line, Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, Yonge North Subway Extension and Scarborough Subway Extension.
The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will extend the future Line 5 – Eglinton West from Mount Dennis at the edge of York district of Toronto to Renforth Gateway in Mississauga. The 9.2 kilometre extension will go through Etobicoke Centre, one of the most Ukrainian-populated communities in Canada.
The Eglinton Crosstown West Extension project’s total expected cost is $4.7 billion, while the Government of Canada’s contribution will amount to $1.87 billion.
Yvan Baker, the MP for Etobicoke Centre, has made efforts to secure tunnelling the extension since 2015, when he was the MPP for the same riding. As an MPP, he lead the effort to convince Mayor John Tory to study tunnelling, and he was able to secure funding from the Government of Ontario for tunnelling.
As an MP, Baker has advocated with the Prime Minister and Ministers for the federal government to provide the necessary funding to build this transit project.
“We did it again!”, said Baker when he announced the federal funding on May 11, 2021.