The Ontario government is privatizing your public transit,
but there’s still time to stop them and Keep Transit Public!


How is this happening?

Across Southern Ontario, Metrolinx is building much needed new transit. This is great and we applaud them.

However, what you may not know is that Metrolinx is only accepting bids from companies that can provide all the components of new transit construction and operation.

The components of the bid are: Finance, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain. (FDBOM).

Because public transit companies don’t Finance, Design or Build, they are ineligible to compete in the tendering process, and are out of the running to Operate and Maintain new transit. This effectively means that only large groups of private companies may even bid on the project. The current procurement process leaves the door open to all new transit in Ontario being entirely privatized.

However, IT’S NOT TOO LATE. If you take action now, we can pressure Metrolinx and the Provincial Liberal Government to make your public transit company the default operator and maintenance provider of any new transit projects.

What you can do:

1. Sign the Petition
Signing the petition will automatically send emails to all MPPs and confirmed candidates in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Hamilton, St. Catharines and the Niagara area, as well as Metrolinx, the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure Ontario, and Premier Wynne’s office.

2. Contact your local constituents directly!

Riding Party Name Email
Ectobicoke North Liberal Shafiq Qaadri
Ectobicoke North PC Doug Ford
Ectobicoke North NDP Mahamud Amin
Ectobicoke Centre Liberal Yvan Baker
Ectobicoke Centre PC Kinga Surma
Ectobicoke Centre NDP Erica Kelly
Ectobicoke-Lakeshore Liberal Peter Milczyn
Ectobicoke-Lakeshore PC Christine Hogarth
Ectobicoke-Lakeshore NDP Phil Trotter
Humber River-Blackcreek Liberal Deanna Srgo
Humber River-Blackcreek PC Cyma Musarat
Humber River-Blackcreek NDP Tom Rakocevic
York South-Weston Liberal Laura Albanese
York South-Weston PC Mark DeMontis
York South-Weston NDP Faisal Hassan
Parkdale-High Park Liberal Nadia Guerrerra
Parkdale-High Park PC Adam Pham
Parkdale-High Park NDP Bhutila Karpoche
York Centre Liberal Ramon Estaris
York Centre PC Roman Barber
York Centre NDP Andrea Vasquez Ramirez
Eglington-Lawrence Liberal Michael Colle
Eglington-Lawrence PC Robin Martin
Eglington-Lawrence NDP Robyn Vilde
Davenport Liberal Cristina Martins
Davenport PC Federico Sanchez
Davenport NDP Marit Stiles
Toronto-St. Paul’s Liberal Jess Spindler
Toronto-St. Paul’s PC Andrew Kirsch
Toronto-St. Paul’s NDP Jill Andrews
University-Rosedale Liberal Jo-Ann Davis
University-Rosedale PC Gillian Smith
University-Rosedale NDP Jessica Bell
Spadina-Fort York Liberal Han Dong
Spadina-Fort York PC Iris Yu @irisyu Twitter DM
Spadina-Fort York NDP Chris Glover
Willowdale Liberal David Zimmer
Willowdale PC Stan Cho
Willowdale NDP Saman Tabasinejad
Toronto Centre Liberal David Morris
Toronto Centre PC Meredith Cartwright
Toronto Centre NDP Suze Morrison
Toronto Danforth Liberal Li Koo
Toronto Danforth PC Patricia Kalligosfyris
Toronto Danforth NDP Peter Tabuns
Don Valley North Liberal Shelley Carroll
Don Valley North PC Vincent Ke
Don Valley North NDP Akil Sadikali
Don Valley West Liberal Kathleen Wynne;
Don Valley West PC Jon Kieran
Don Valley West NDP Amara Possain
Don Valley East Liberal Michael Coteau
Don Valley East PC Denzil Minan-Wong
Don Valley East NDP Khalid Ahmed
Beaches East York Liberal Arthur Potts
Beaches East York PC Sarah Mallo
Beaches East York NDP Rima Berns-McGown
Scarborough-Agincourt Liberal Soo Wong
Scarborough-Agincourt PC Aris Babikian
Scarborough-Agincourt NDP Tasleem Riaz
Scarborough Centre Liberal Mazhar Shafiq
Scarborough Centre PC Christina Mitas
Scarborough Centre NDP Zeyd Bismilla
Scarborough-Southwest Liberal Lorenzo Benrnardetti
Scarborough-Southwest PC Gary Ellis
Scarborough-Southwest NDP Doly Begum
Scarborough North Liberal Chin Lee
Scarborough North PC Raymond Cho
Scarborough North NDP Dwayne Morgan
Scarborough- Rouge Park Liberal Sumi Shan
Scarborough- Rouge Park PC Vijay Thanigasalam
Scarborough- Rouge Park NDP Felicia Samuel
Scarborough-Guildwood Liberal Mitzie Hunter
Scarborough-Guildwood PC Roshan Nallaratam
Scarborough-Guildwood NDP Tom Packwood
Mississauga-Malton Liberal Amrit Mangat
Mississauga-Malton PC Deepak Anand
Mississauga-Malton NDP Nikki Clarke
Mississauga East – Cooksville Liberal Dipka Damerla
Mississauga East – Cooksville PC Khaleed Rasheed
Mississauga East – Cooksville NDP
Misissauga Centre Liberal Bobbie Daid
Misissauga Centre PC Natalia Kusendova
Misissauga Centre NDP Laura Kaminker
Mississauga -Lakeshore Liberal Charles Sousa
Mississauga -Lakeshore PC Rudy Cozetto
Mississauga -Lakeshore NDP Boris Rosolak
Mississauga – Erin Mills Liberal Imran Mian
Mississauga – Erin Mills PC Sheref Sabawy
Mississauga – Erin Mills NDP Farina Hassan
MIssissauga – Streetsville Liberal Bob Delaney
MIssissauga – Streetsville PC Nina Tangri
MIssissauga – Streetsville NDP Jacqueline Gujrati
Brampton North Liberal Harder Malhi
Brampton North PC Rupidaman Dhillon
Brampton North NDP Kevin Yarde
Brampton East Liberal Paraminder Singh
Brampton East NDP Gurratan Singh
Brampton West Liberal Vic Dhillon
Brampton West PC Amarjot Singh Sardhu
Brampton West NDP Jagroop Singh
Brampton South Liberal Sukhwant Thethi
Brampton South PC Prabmeet Sarkaria
Brampton South NDP Paramjit Gill
Brampton Centre Liberal Safdar Hussain
Brampton Centre PC Harjit Jaswal
Brampton Centre NDP Sara Singh
Hamilton-Westdale-Ancaster Dundas Liberal Ted McMeekin
Hamilton-Westdale-Ancaster Dundas PC Ben Levitt
Hamilton-Westdale-Ancaster Dundas NDP Sandy Shaw
Hamilton Centre Liberal Dierdre Pike
Hamilton Centre PC Dionne Duncan
Hamilton Centre NDP Andrea Horwath
Hamilton Mountain Liberal Damin Starr
Hamilton Mountain PC Esther Pauls
Hamilton Mountain NDP Monique Taylor
Hamilton East – Stoney Creek Liberal Jennifer Stebbing
Hamilton East – Stoney Creek PC Akash Grewel
Hamilton East – Stoney Creek NDP Paul Miller
Flamborough-Glanbrook Liberal Judi Partridge
Flamborough-Glanbrook PC Donna Skelly
Flamborough-Glanbrook NDP Melissa McGlashan
St. Catherines Liberal Jim Bradley
St. Catherines PC Sandie Bellows
St. Catherines NDP Jennie Stevens
Niagara Falls Liberal Dean Demezio
Niagara Falls PC Chuck McShane
Niagara Falls NDP Wayne Gates
Niagara Centre Liberal Benoit Mercier
Niagara Centre PC April Jeffs
Niagara Centre NDP Jeff Burch
Niagara West Liberal Joe Kanee
Niagara West PC Sam Oosterhoff
Niagara West NDP Curtis Fric
Oshawa Liberal Makini Smith
Oshawa PC Bob Chapman
Oshawa NDP Jennifer French

Sign the Petition!

Keep Transit Publically owned and operated

Dear Honourable MPPs, Madam Premier

**your signature**

2,462 signatures = 98% of goal

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Quick Facts:
What you Need to Know


Doug Ford and his Ontario Conservative Government are moving ahead with plans to privatize your public transit. If you don’t act now, all new transit in Ontario will be built with Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) with a private company operating and maintaining your transit.

We all know how the privatization of Hydro went. Higher rates and we’re still holding the bag with the debt. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

And we have transit-specific examples from across Canada and around the world. It's consistently a bad deal for riders, a bad deal for municipalities, and a bad deal for workers.


How did we get here? An ideology of selling public assets for short term gain, leaving the public with a legacy of pain.

Metrolinx, the provincial arm’s length transit planning organization, is only accepting bids from companies that can supply ALL components of the new transit builds.

The components of a bid are: Finance, Design, Build, Operate and Maintain. (FDBOM)

Because public transit companies don't Finance, Design or Build, they are ineligible to compete in the tendering process, and are out of the running to Operate and Maintain these projects. This effectively means that only large consortia of private companies may even bid on the project. The current procurement process leaves the door open to all new transit being entirely privatized.


Why have more than one transit operator in your city? That doesn’t make any sense.

Public infrastructure is big money. Privatizing transit infrastructure is a shell game, allowing governments to keep debt off the books, but taxpayers end up paying anyway. At a time of record low interest rates, no private company will be able to borrow at the same rates as the government and we will all have to pay those higher rates in our taxes and our transit fares for decades to come.

The proof is in the pudding. Take a look at the London Underground and British Rail privatization train wreck. The infrastructure was privatized and it was such a failure that the government had to bail them out and take it over again.


When Metrolinx builds a new transit project, they first release a Request for Qualifications, in which interested companies put their names in the hat. Metrolinx reviews these applicants for their qualifications and then releases a shortlist of companies that are allowed to bid.

Next, Metrolinx will put out a formal Request for Proposals to the shortlisted companies.

The issue is that any interested party has to commit to financing, designing, building, operating, and maintaining the project. Your local transit agency isn’t in much of a position to be able to finance, design or build such a project, but should be in the running to operate and maintain it. This is would be a step towards to keeping this new transit project publically owned and operated.

However, it’s not too late. Metrolinx's procurement policy is driven by privatization ideology fed down the chain from the provincial Liberal government. In many cases, it's not too late.

In Hamilton, our campaign drew over 6000 signatures to our petition, calling on Hamiton City Council to request that the local transit company, HSR, operate and maintain the new LRT line. Flooded with calls and emails, council votes 10-2 in favour of our motion!

It's never too late to demand quality public services.

Let’s keep our transit jobs local. Let’s keep transit owned by all of us and not by private companies.


How Metrolinx decides who will get to operate and maintain transit will affect everyone living in the GTHA and Niagara regions. If the public raises its voice demanding that transit operation and maintenance be publicly owned, it can happen. If awareness remains low, it’s possible that the Ontario Government will award your transit to an international private company - driven by a profit motive.


Transit privatization is happening all over Ontario with almost no awareness in the general public.

With your help, we can stop the privatization train wreck.

Campaign FAQ

Why is the operation and maintenance of new transit up for bidding?

The Ontario Provincial Government, through its transit agency, Metrolinx, has decided to take control of public transit assets and make decisions on building and maintaining these systems.  In doing so, the government will make deals with big private companies to build and maintain the core of your city's transit system. They will also hand over to these developer consortiums - parcels of land at city owned transit sites – giving the developers air rights allowing them to build up above ground level. They stand to make huge profits from expensive condos - with no money being paid to the city.  With private companies running our transit system – service will not improve, overcrowding will become the norm, our transit systems will crumble, and fares will skyrocket.

The Ontario Government is currently moving ahead with plans to take control of Toronto's TTC Subway system, claiming the city has not been able to expand or make improvements to the transit system for many years.  Perhaps Premiere Doug Ford and his Ontario government are hoping that the public has forgotten – but let us remind you.  It was the former Conservative Ontario Government – under Mike Harris – that abolished funding of public transit, so the province stopped paying into the system in 1998 which means the system has been under-funded for years and all requests for provincial funding were denied.  Now Ford blames the city for not being able to get things done.  Instead of stealing the subway from the City – the province should provide Operational Funding so the city can once again provide world class public transit.

What is a Public-Private Partnership (P3)?

P3s come in many forms, but put simply, they are deals where the government signs a contract with a private company or consortium to build and operate a piece of infrastructure or a service on the government’s behalf. In exchange, the government promises them a healthy guaranteed profit over the decades to follow.

Why is our transit even being considered for privatization? Isn’t transit a public service?

The great promise of public-private partnerships is reduced risk, because the private partner promises to deliver the project for a fixed price and to pay penalties if they fall behind schedule. It sounds great in theory. In practice, when private projects’ costs increase, the private partners often simply walk away if they aren’t going to make any money on the deal anymore.

That’s exactly what happened with the London Underground P3. Then the public is left to clean up the mess. Likewise, even though they may promise to pay penalties if they’re late, when the time comes they will threaten to walk away from these deals and throw the project into chaos if the government forces them to actually pay them. These companies spend millions on lawyers who know exactly how to draw up a contract that’s “heads we win, tails you lose.” Look at the TTC, which is finding it impossible to cancel its contract for streetcars with Bombardier even though the deliveries are years late.


What has happened when transit has been privatized in other areas?

The British government decided to privatize its rail infrastructure and the result was a disaster. The privatized infrastructure company, Railtrack, cut back dramatically on maintenance to keep its profits flowing. The number of delays and accidents soared.

Eventually, the problems got so bad that they went bankrupt and the government was forced to renationalize the system. In London, the government signed a deal with two private consortia to modernize their subway, the historic London Underground.

The private companies promised a fantastic deal in their bids, but unsurprisingly they couldn’t keep their promises. As the companies realized that they weren’t going to make any money because they had under-bid and they experienced delays and cost overruns, they just walked away.

Once again, the public was left to pick up the pieces.

When everything goes great, private companies will still demand a healthy profit that comes out of taxpayers’ or riders’ pockets. When things go badly, the private companies walk away and leave the public holding the bag.

Does service improve?

Privatization does nothing to improve service. In fact, the private partner may have a strong incentive to cut back on service levels in order to increase its profits. Worse, if the city decides that it wants to improve transit service in the future, it could require renegotiating the contract. In that case, the private partner will no doubt demand a hefty subsidy.

Keeping transit public, by contrast, means that service levels are entirely up to the community and not a private company.

Does it result in better jobs?

Private transit operators consistently have higher worker turnover than public agencies. This means that workers can’t build up the skill and experience they acquire over a long career, making transit less efficient and less safe.

Is it safer?

When Britain privatized its rail infrastructure, its accident rates soared. Any private company is going to be tempted to cut back on maintenance to maintain its quarterly profits. It might not cause a problem in the short term but in the long term, it makes a transit system less safe.

Does it cost less?

In most cases, no. But even when it does, cost reductions always have to come from somewhere, whether it's skimping on maintenance, running trains less often, or paying workers less than a living wage. On top of that, private companies need to include their profits, which means an added cost that doesn't exist when transit is publicly operated. Companies often offer very low bids and promise the world to win a contract. But as soon as they run into trouble meeting their promises, they drop the contract and leave the public holding the bag.

The auditor general has said that paying a private consortium to borrow money rather than borrowing it directly has cost the Waterloo Region LRT, which is the prototype for others in the area, an extra $48 million.

You’re just a union worried about losing members, right?

We are transit workers because we believe in the service we provide to citizens. At the heart of it, we benefit when transit service is good for riders. When the frequency of trains gets cut, when safety is compromised, and when the transit agency can't retain its most experienced operators, riders suffer just as much as workers.

We are also concerned about protecting good, living-wage paying jobs in our city. When a private company comes in, they automatically try to cut wages and benefits in order to make a profit.

We believe that everyone in Ontario deserves the opportunity to earn a living wage and provide for their families.

What can I do to help?

Join the movement to Keep Transit Public!

In Hamilton, our campaign gathered over 6000 signatures for our petition. We flooded Hamilton City Councillors with emails and phone calls and the pressure worked. In August, Council passed a motion demanding that Hamilton's new LRT line be run by its existing transit company, the HSR.

The battle isn't over yet. Metrolinx and the province have yet to respond and are months late putting an RFP out.

It's clear we're having an impact.

Now we expand the fight to Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, St. Catharines and the Niagara Region - all areas with Metrolinx transit projects in various states of progress.

Sign the petition, join us on social media, and join us out in the streets, talking to the public about why we should Keep Transit Public.