Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario

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Ministry of Transportation
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
January 17, 2020 - March 17, 2020 (60 days) Closed
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This consultation was open from:

January 17, 2020
to March 17, 2020

Proposal summary

We are looking for your feedback so we can build an integrated transportation system for southwestern Ontario. Our goal is to address the unique transportation challenges and opportunities of the region and get goods and people moving.

Why consultation isn't required

This is planning work and is not, formally, a policy, regulation or act and so there is no requirement for Environmental Bill of Rights consultation.

Proposal details

Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario sets out the vision and explores immediate actions to get people and goods moving across southwestern Ontario. It includes more than 40 actions to connect local communities, keep provincial highways safe and reliable, make life more convenient for travelers, and help prepare our roads and transitways for the future.

Transportation plans look at the unique needs and opportunities in a region to build an integrated transportation system – now and for the future. Residents and businesses not only need improved infrastructure and services, but also better access to data and new transportation options as they come on the market. Transportation planning ensures that the transportation system supports the ever-changing needs of Ontarians and that it is ready for the introduction of new technologies and mobility options.

The plan is organized around the following goals to achieve the transportation vision for southwestern Ontario:

  1. Getting people moving and connecting communities

People across southwestern Ontario want a public transportation system that works for them. A well-connected transit network means that people can spend less time traveling and more time on the things that matter to them.

  1. Supporting a competitive open for business environment

In southwestern Ontario, highways are essential to connect people to jobs and businesses to workers and customers. The Ministry is improving local roads and highways to make traveling easier for people, move goods to market, and support economic growth in the region.

  1. Improving safety

The province is committed to ensuring that Ontario’s roads and highways remain among the safest in North America. This transportation plan for southwestern Ontario includes actions to improve the safety of highways and roads for the thousands of people who drive on them every day.

  1. Providing more choice and convenience

Ontario has an opportunity to use emerging technologies and form partnerships to improve the travel experience for Ontarians, making it easier and more comfortable to get around.

  1. Preparing for the future

Plan for a transportation system that is resilient and embraces innovation and technologies change – today and for future generations.

We know our vision for southwestern Ontario needs the valuable input of local municipalities, businesses, Indigenous communities and the public. That is why we are inviting everyone to participate in this process by sharing their feedback on the plan.

We look forward to working together on a shared vision for southwestern Ontario’s transportation network.

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Environmental Policy Office

777 Bay Street
Suite 700
Toronto, ON
M7A 2J8

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Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from January 17, 2020
to March 17, 2020

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