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Ontario Passes Legislation to Build Subways Faster, Improve Road Safety, Protect Frontline Workers and Schoolchildren

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Ontario Passes Legislation to Build Subways Faster, Improve Road Safety, Protect Frontline Workers and Schoolchildren

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario's government is putting people first with the passing of the Getting Ontario Moving Act that will enable the upload of responsibility for new subway projects to the province from the City of Toronto, cut red tape, find efficiencies and help keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North America.

The Getting Ontario Moving Act will: 

Upload Responsibility for New Subway Projects to the Province

  • Building subways faster by amending the Metrolinx Act to enable the upload of responsibility for new subway projects from the City of Toronto to the province.

Keep Ontarians Safe on our Roads, Highways, and Bridges

  • Protecting frontline, roadside maintenance, construction, tow truck and recovery workers from careless and dangerous drivers by strengthening applicable penalties.
  • Continuing our efforts to keep children safe by allowing a new Administrative Monetary Penalty framework that gives municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who blow by school buses and threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.
  • Improving the flow of traffic and enhancing road safety on our highways by introducing tougher penalties for driving slowly in the left-hand lane.
  • Making learning to drive safer and reaffirming that alcohol, drugs and illegal substances never mix with driving by introducing two new offences for any driving instructor that violates a zero blood-alcohol concentration or drug presence requirement while providing in car instruction.
  • Improving road conditions and ensuring community safety by creating an offence for defacing or removing traffic signs.

Cut Red Tape, Reduce Regulatory Burdens, and Find Efficiencies Within Government

  • Amending Highway Traffic Act references to align with recent changes to the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Improving the flow of traffic and making it easier to build highway infrastructure by allowing temporary alterations to special-use lanes within designated construction zones.
  • Supporting development by updating the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (PTHIA) for above ground and below ground structures.
  • Accelerating the construction of projects by updating PTHIA permitting for standalone earthworks for grading work.
  • Making life easier for tourism operators and recreational off-road vehicle drivers by simplifying the rules around off-road vehicles to allow them to operate on municipal roads unless specifically prohibited.
  • Reducing the burden on the shortline railway industry through amendments to better manage performance.
  • Creating efficiencies by eliminating the outdated Enhanced Driver's Licence program.

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