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OCTN Webinar

Applying to MTO’s new Community Transportation Grant Program – What you need to know!

Join the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN) on January 18th, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST (one hour earlier for Central time zone) for a webinar on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s new Community Transportation Grant Program. This webinar will provide useful information to all potential applicants to the "municipal stream" of the program and a chance for participants to ask questions.

The first hour of the webinar will include a presentation by Ministry of Transportation staff on how to apply, what to put in your application and how applications will be evaluated. Northern participants are encouraged to stay for the second hour which will focus on intercommunity bus service increases in Northern Ontario and opportunities to link community transportation projects to intercommunity bus routes. During the second hour, staff from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM), the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC), Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will share information on:
• MNDM - increases to intercommunity bus services provided by the ONTC and existing private carriers in Northern Ontario.
• MOHLTC and North East LHIN - upcoming new service for non-urgent patient transportation between major hospitals/medical facilities in North East Region.  

AGENDA:
1:30 – 2:25 PART I: GRANT APPLICATION  
• MTO Presentation on New Community Transportation Grant Program
• Q & A Period and Wrap Up
2:25 – 2:30 BREAK
2:30 – 3:30 PART II: OPPORTUNITIES TO LINK PROJECTS TO INTERCOMMUNITY BUS SERVICE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
• MNDM and ONTC Presentation on increases to intercommunity bus service
• MOHLTC Presentation on non-urgent patient transportation between hospitals
• Q & A Period and Wrap Up

Register for the webinar at - https://applyingtomtocommunitytransportation.eventbrite.ca

If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording of the audio and presentation slides will be posted on the OCTN website shortly after it is held (under ResourcesPresentations: Webinar Archives).

OHCC is a co-founder and partner on OCTN. Lisa Tolentino, OHCC Consultant, is the Network Facilitator. For more information about the webinar, please contact: info@octn.ca.

For questions about MTO’s new Community Transportation Grant Program, please contact CTProgram@Ontario.ca. 


 

Ontario Community Transportation Network to support new Community Transportation Grant Program

As a partner with the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI), OHCC is pleased to announce that the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN) will be funded by the Ministry of Transportation to support their new Community Transportation Grant Program. The funding will support the new program through information posts, events, webinars and other activities. OHCC is a co-founder and partner on OCTN. Lisa Tolentino, OHCC Consultant, is the Network Facilitator.

View the media release for the announcement.

For more information about this project contact:
Lisa Tolentino, Project Coordinator
Lisa[at]ohcc-ccso.ca

 


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Ontario Community Transportation Network to be Launched

 OHCC is collaborating with the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) on another transportation project. This project is focussed on developing the Ontario Community Transportation Network (OCTN), with funding from the Ministry of Transportation-Ontario (MTO) for the period of April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.

The goal of the project is to develop and implement an engagement strategy to inform, support, consult and collaborate with community transportation and rural stakeholders by:

  • Initiating and supporting the development of a network of organizations ("the Network") interested in community transportation;

  • Researching, collecting, and exchanging information on community transportation with the Network;

  • Enabling input and feedback from Network participants on transportation issues of emerging importance to the Ministry; and

  • Organizing outreach events and activities for the Network to encourage peer-to-peer interaction and to further the understanding of Network participants, the Ministry and ROI on community transportation and other transportation issues and challenges and their potential solutions.

The development of the network and exchange of knowledge on common challenges and emerging innovation in rural and community transportation will benefit participants as it will increase their ability to adapt appropriate approaches to their context. Participants will increase their capacity to develop and operate effective community transportation programs as a results of the exchange of knowledge and expertise, the development of new contacts and access to new resources.

A Project Steering Committee will provide overall coordination and oversight to the project activities, including:

  1. Network facilitation; i.e., developing and maintaining a website, managing a membership database and facilitating on-line discussions;
  2. Knowledge dissemination to the Network through communications such as newsletters and blogs
  3. A “scan” of community transportation issues to collect insight on particular challenges and opportunities common to CT projects;
  4. A series of webinars on community transportation;
  5. A directory of community transportation services;
  6. Peer-to-peer exchanges on transportation topics through surveys, webinars or teleconferences; and,
  7. A face-to-face event for knowledge exchange and networking.

While the current funding of this project only extends to March 2017, one of the underlying aims of the collaboration is to undertake the strengthening and formalization of the network in such a way as to potentially enable it to continue functioning with or without ongoing funding.

View the media release for the launch of OCTN

View the OCTN website.

For more information about this project contact:
Lisa Tolentino, Project Coordinator
Lisa[at]ohcc-ccso.ca

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