Ontario Launches Speed Limit Pilot on Various Provincial Highways

Published on September 30, 2019

The Ontario government is launching three speed limit pilots on select highways to explore new ways to improve traffic flow on provincial highways.

Today, Michael Tibollo MPP for Vaughan-Woodbridge, informed the community that on September 26, 2019, the highway speed limit will change from 100 km/h to 110 km/h onHighway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km);Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from St. Catharines/Lincoln to Hamilton (32 km); and Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to Ontario/Quebec border (102 km).

At the same time, the Ontario government is also launching online consultations to obtain the public’s feedback on the speed limit pilots. The information will help inform decisions related to increased speed limits and will be considered in the final decision-making process.

Ontarians can share their feedback by completing an online survey by November 23, 2019.

“While this pilot is not local, we are looking forward to the learnings that come from it that will benefit the citizens of Vaughan-Woodbridge” said, Michael Tibollo MPP . “ The results of the survey will be an important part of the development of next steps”

“Our government puts people first in every decision we make,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That’s why we want to hear first-hand from those who rely on our roads about how we can safely modernize our highways to better fit the needs of the people.”

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“A pilot program like the one announced today is a measured approach and an ideal way to gradually explore the subject of raising speed limits and determine the impact on road safety. CAA looks forward to working with the Ministry of Transportation and other road safety partners during this pilot period. Our collective goal is to both inform drivers about the importance of safely navigating Ontario’s roads, paying particular attention to weather and road conditions, and understand the data collected during this period to ensure that Ontario retains its standing of having some of the safest roads in North America.”
— Teresa Di Felice, Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations, CAA South Central Ontario

“The Ontario Safety League traditionally bases their position on science, and the science tells us that although excessive speed is a factor in many crashes, under normal driving conditions and with reasonable driving attention it would have virtually no impact.”
— Brian Patterson, President and CEO, Ontario Safety League