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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks transit funding in Thunder Bay

Canada's Prime Minister talked about his government's pledge to invest in public transit when he visited Thunder Bay today.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, third left, poses for photographs with transit operators after delivering remarks in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Friday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Canada's Prime Minister talked about his government's pledge to invest in public transit when he visited Thunder Bay today.

The $3.4 billion included in last month's federal budget for transit infrastructure will begin rolling out to municipalities this year, Justin Trudeau said.

The prime minister didn't specify how much individual communities would receive, but he did say Ontario in particular could expect to receive about half the money — $1.5 billion.

The federal government will also pay a larger share of the cost of projects, and provinces and municipalities can spend the money as they see fit, Trudeau told a news conference at a transit headquarters building in Thunder Bay.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, delivers remarks in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Friday, April 8. Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak is in the middle, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs is on the left. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Before arriving in Thunder Bay, Trudeau stopped at the Sault Ste.Marie bus headquarters in the morning. 

He was in Sudbury yesterday, where he made a $27 million infrastructure funding announcement. 

The Prime Minister is expected to meet later with First Nations leaders, including Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day.

Grand Chief Fiddler said he's looking forward to talking about Pikangikum and other NAN priorities.

with files from The Canadian Press

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