OMCA Report
Apr. 18, 2014

Kathleen Wynne announces $29 billion transit plan for Ontario, doesn't say how Liberals will pay for it
National Post
The governing Liberals are promising to make nearly $29 billion available over the next decade to build transit and transportation infrastructure in Ontario, in part by re-routing about $1.3 billion a year in gas taxes. The rest will be raised through debt financing — including green bonds — and new "revenue tools" that Premier Kathleen Wynne said won't be revealed until the upcoming budget is tabled. More

More funding for Northern Ontario border crossing
Today's Trucking
Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced additional funding for the redevelopment of the Canadian plaza after a tour of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge border crossing. The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge spans the St. Mary's River between the United States and Canada connecting the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, ON. More

Moving forward on Highway 407 East
Government of Ontario
Ontario is making progress on the final phase of construction for Highway 407 East to create jobs and support economic growth and development. The province has released a request for proposals for the second phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will extend the highway about 22 kilometres eastward from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington. It will have eight interchanges and a 10-kilometre north-south highway, the East Durham Link, to connect it to Highway 401. More

Ontario commits $25 million for cycling infrastructure
Toronto Star
Transportation Minister Glen Murray has announced that the province will provide $25 million for cycling facilities on provincial highways and municipal roads over the next three years in an effort to make Ontario the premier cycling province in Canada. The money, the first specifically set aside for biking in the provincial budget, will be for "quick wins" and pilot projects. But it represents something bigger: a new policy to incorporate cycling in every provincial highway and bridge project that some bike advocates are calling a game-changer.More

Ontario cracks down on tow-truck operators' price gouging
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is cracking down on renegade tow-truck operators with a set of new rules meant to force them to stop gouging drivers and pay fair prices. The government is also hoping the proposed law will curb insurance fraud and lead to lower premiums for drivers. More

Account reconciliation tips for tour operators
Business 2 Community
Like all other types of businesses, tour operators needs to reconcile their accounts to make sure that they match those on the corresponding bank statement. Reconciling your accounts is the only way to make sure that no mistakes have been made (for example, you accidentally entered a payment for $800 when you meant $80). But if you don't have an accountant to take care of it for you, it can be hard. More

FAM-tastic: How Canada Tourism Commission builds awareness and advocacy in international media
Canadian Tourism Commission
Stories can move mountains (or move people to them). As part of its ongoing efforts to build awareness and advocacy across its international markets, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) organizes FAM (familiarization) trips for leading media and bloggers in each market. This new quarterly series of reports spotlights those trips and the multi-million audiences that will see the resulting stories. More

Handful of Simcoe County festivals receive funding from Celebrate Ontario
Orillia Packet and Times
Tourism in Simcoe County was given a boost as provincial funding for a number of events from the Celebrate Ontario program was recently announced. The 2014 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, being held in Essa Township from Sept. 16 to 20, received $300,000, the largest amount of any of the county events. It's the largest sum Celebrate Ontario has handed out and the same as such events as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Stratford Festival and Just for Laughs 42. More

IGNITE Ontario Application Deadline May 5, 2014
Tourism Northern Ontario
IGNITE Ontario is a new provincial program designed to help organizations host celebrations and community engagement initiatives that promote the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. To be eligible for IGNITE Ontario funding, initiatives must be designated by TO2015 IGNITE — a community partnership program enabling organizations to celebrate the Games and increase awareness of their initiatives. More

Transforming the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission
Government of Ontario
Ontario will continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail freight, and refurbishment services of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) as a government-owned transportation company. The province will make new strategic investments to ensure ONTC's transportation services and infrastructure continue to support economic growth in northeastern Ontario. More

Need a tow? This info you'll want to know
Today's Trucking
There's some room for improvement in the towing industry in Ontario. There's a patchwork of regulation in the province, made up of 444 municipalities, most of which do not have towing regulations. (Even the handful that do, are not harmonized). More

Netherlands test-drives world's first glow-in-the-dark highway
Global News
A futuristic Tron-like highway in the Netherlands could help drivers see in low light thanks to glow-in-the-dark technology. The Dutch have begun testing the world's first glow-in-the-dark highway by sectioning off a 500m stretch of the N329 highway in Oss, in the country's southeast, and outlining it in photo-luminising powder. More