Public transit systems across the country are at risk of falling into a death spiral. 

A public transit death spiral is a vicious cycle of service cuts and fare hikes that push people away from public transit and into their cars, further decreasing public transit systems’ revenue, which leads to further service cuts that impact Canadians’ ability to get to work, school, groceries, social services, and other daily essentials.

If this is allowed to happen, it will make cities more congested, increase polluting carbon emissions, and have the greatest impact on society’s most vulnerable - who have no other options. 

The federal government has saved public transit from disaster before, and it can do it again. Over the past several years, the federal government has worked with provinces to deliver emergency operating funding for our public transit systems. But ridership levels have still not recovered since the pandemic and that money has now run out. 

In a climate emergency, we can’t afford to let public transit fall apart. It’s time to accelerate a long-term funding solution for public transit that helps us meet our climate goals, stops sprawl and makes life more affordable. 


Help us call on the federal government to save public transit - through permanent operating funding.


Your message will be sent to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland; Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Dominic LeBlanc; Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault; and your local Member of Parliament.


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The Honourable
Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance