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Highway 7 Moving Forward

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Highway 7 Moving Forward

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Building a Stronger Economy

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is continuing to move forward with plans to build a new Highway 7 between Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph that will improve traffic flow, create jobs and support local economic growth.

Progress to date includes:

  • Protecting the 18-kilometre route to ensure it can only be used to build the new highway
  • Investing up to $50 million to acquire properties for the new corridor
  • Working to ensure local businesses and property owners will have access to the new highway
  • Acquiring land on Shirley Avenue in Kitchener to support construction activities.

Highway 7 is a good candidate for procurement using Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which would help ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget.  Ontario continues to press the federal government for a contribution to this important regional transportation corridor and has applied to the P3 Canada Fund. 

Improving Ontario's transportation network is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean the most to Ontario families - health care and education. 

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $1.27 billion for transit, highway Infrastructure, municipal roads and bridges and other municipal capital projects in Waterloo Region.
  • Ontario is investing $2.4 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year, creating more than 24,000 jobs.
  • Highway 7 carries over 26,000 vehicles per day, making it one of the busiest two-lane provincial highways in the province.

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“Ontario is moving forward with the new Highway 7. That's why we've protected the future route, invested $50 million in property acquisitions and continue to negotiate agreements with local businesses and property owners. This new highway will improve traffic flow for commuters and create jobs - this is great news for local families.”

John Milloy

MPP Kitchener Centre

Bob Chiarelli

“Highway 7 is a priority for this government and we are moving forward as quickly as possible. This project will support local economic growth, reduce congestion and keep goods and services flowing efficiently”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

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