Ontario Not Moving Forward with Highway for GTA West Corridor
Province Proceeding With Planning for Future Infrastructure Needs
Ontario has accepted an expert advisory panel's recommendation that a proposed highway in the GTA West corridor is not the best way to address changing transportation needs.
After carefully reviewing the GTA West Advisory Panel's advice, a narrower corridor that is approximately one-third of the size of the analysis area of the environmental assessment will be protected from development while the province assesses what infrastructure, such as new transit or utilities, will be needed to support the growing region.
In light of the panel's recommendation, the transportation needs of the corridor will be evaluated from a regional perspective through the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) Transportation Plan, which considers the many ways people and goods move around the region, and will incorporate new and emerging transportation technologies into future projects.
Planning an efficient, effective transportation system is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- The GTA West Advisory panel, made up of industry experts, was appointed to assist with an internal review of the GTA West highway corridor environmental assessment.
- The Northwest GTA Corridor Identification Study will ensure that lands are protected so that new infrastructure, such as transit or utilities, can be developed to support and accommodate future growth and development. Any infrastructure proposed within the corridor will be subject to an environmental assessment.
“This is an exciting time for transportation in our province. We’re planning for unprecedented growth in the region, with more people and more jobs, by investing in a well-planned, connected and innovative transportation system that can adapt to changing times. We have an obligation to respond to new and emerging technologies that impact the movement of people and goods, and we want to be sure that we make the right choices for this region. I would like to thank our advisory panel for their work, and for helping us to envision a transportation system that meets the needs of today and tomorrow.”