Transport Canada says it’s planning to cut back on services and reduce some of its programs in the upcoming months, as part of a strategic plan to maintain a balanced budget.
The department says it expects to cut more than 40 jobs across the country, including the elimination of the Canada Line rail service between Toronto and Vancouver.
Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said the cuts are expected to save $3 billion in the next two years.
The agency said it’s looking at ways to keep up with demand.
Transportation Services, the agency that oversees Canada Line, is also reviewing the province’s funding arrangements for the line, and is “making decisions on how to make sure that we are able to continue to provide Canadians with the services that they need,” Garneau told a news conference in Ottawa.
Transport Canada is asking the public to send in suggestions to help determine how much to cut, which will be discussed in a consultation on the issue.
In addition to cutting back on service, Garneau also said he’s considering whether to change the way the agency tracks and tracks its data to make it more transparent.
The plan will include the elimination or scaling back of some government programs that focus on transit, such as the Canadian Transportation Agency’s road toll program, which was developed by the Conservatives.
The Tories have been vocal about their desire to slash the agency’s budget, citing an analysis by the University of British Columbia that found that if the government doesn’t cut funding for transit in its 2017-2021 budget, the cost to Canadians would be $16 billion.