Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Ontario Northland News


November 4 & 13, 2015

Timiskaming- Cochrane MPP John Vanthof is expressing concerns regarding the Ontario Northland Motor Coach Service by petitioning to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Minister of Northern Development & Mines to reverse the decision to cancel bus routes immediately and to treat Northerners equitably in decisions regarding public transportation. 


February 17, 2015 & November 2, 2015

Whilst Ontario Northland continues to undergo this transformation, many question if such changes are best.  

ONTC "Finding Efficiencies", Containing Costs and Increasing Revenue with station closures such as Englehart and Matheson (Effective: May 2015), reducing various station operating hours, and further reducing or eliminating services and scheduled routes.


Transportation Update

On April 4, 2014, the Ontario Government announced a new direction for the transformation of Ontario Northland, continuing to operate motor coach, the seasonal Polar Bear Express, rail freight and refurbished services of ONTC as a government-owned transportation company. 

" This focus on investing in transportation will mean that real transformation of the ONTC can continue." - Ted Hargreaves, Chair of ONTC (as quoted from The StarApril 4, 2014)


March 23, 2012

Englehart, Ontario – This morning local officials were stunned when Minister Bartolucci informed them of the decision to terminate the Northlander Train Service and sell off the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC).  “This ill advised choice to sell off the transportation infrastructure which built this province and opened up development in the North is disheartening news for communities like North Bay, Cochrane and Englehart” said Englehart Mayor Nina Wallace.  She went on to say “It feels like we are being punished for not electing a Liberal again in this riding.”

The Town of Englehart was founded due to its location, directly on the railway line.  Even today, over a hundred years later, the railway plays a major part in the economy of Englehart.  “We are extremely proud of our heritage and will always be a railway town, regardless of what the Province takes away from us” stated Mayor Wallace.

This is an unfortunate turn of events, but here in the North we are resilient and will carry on because we have to.  The Far North Act, the Northern Policy Statements and now today’s decision illustrate the government’s lack of consideration and respect for Northern Ontario.  The resources and revenues from the North are leaving here to support Southern Ontario interests.  


 

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