Ontario highway announcements

Smart investments to promote job creation and trade.

In 2019/20, the Ontario government is committing more than $2.3 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges. This includes more than $1.7 billion in Southern Ontario and more than $0.6 billion in Northern Ontario. It is estimated that these investments will create or sustain approximately 16,250 direct and indirect jobs. The government is making smart investments in Ontario’s highway network to support job creation and improve quality of life for workers, families and small businesses across Ontario.

Fall 2019 Economic Statement (FES) – Improving the Provincial Highway Network

The government is building better highways to get people and goods moving. Provincial investment in highway expansion reduces travel times through highway corridors, critical trade links and international gateways. It also addresses safety concerns, promotes economic development and enhances the quality of life for the people of Ontario. In addition, investment in highway infrastructure supports seven jobs for each million dollars of spending and generates an incremental $0.58 GDP per dollar spent.

In the FES, the Province announced it was proceeding with planning and design work to:

  • Widen a 20-kilometre stretch of Highway 3 between the Town of Essex and the Municipality of Leamington, from two to four lanes.
  • Widen 31 kilometres of Highway 401 between the City of London and Town of Tilbury, from four to six lanes;
  • Construct a twin structure for the Garden City Skyway on the Queen Elizabeth Way in the City of St. Catharines; and
  • Widen a 22.5-kilometre stretch of Highway 17 from the Town of Arnprior to the Town of Renfrew, from two to four lanes, including four new interchanges and eight new bridges.

The FES also announced that construction was underway or set to begin on highway rehabilitation and expansion projects across the province, including:

  • Twinning a 6.5-kilometre stretch of Highway 17 from the Manitoba border to Highway 673; and
  • Expanding an 18-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 from the Credit River Bridge in the City of Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Town of Milton to ease traffic congestion.

Read more about the government’s plans to get the province moving.

2019 Ontario Budget - Investing in Highways

The provincial highway network is essential for creating jobs, improving quality of life for workers, families and small businesses across Ontario, and supporting a globally competitive economy. This is particularly true in rural and small-town Ontario, where highways are often the only transportation option available. Road construction and maintenance encourages job creation and trade, plays a significant role in the social and economic well-being of residents and contributes to a higher quality of life. The government takes the responsibility seriously to ensure Ontario’s highways are safe and reliable for the hundreds of thousands of people who drive on them every single day.

The Province is making smart investments in highways, roads and bridges, and is strengthening and expanding its highway network. The Ontario Budget highlighted examples of projects that were in the planning and design stages, or already underway, including:

Northern Ontario projects:

  • Four-laning sections of Highway 69 and Highway 11/17 in the North, including stretches of Highway 17

Highway 401:

  • Improving safety and widening from four to six lanes from Tilbury to London;
  • Increasing the number of lanes from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton; and
  • Rehabilitating westbound core-collector lanes between Neilson Road and Warden Avenue in Toronto, and eastbound core-collector lanes between Neilson Road in Toronto and Whites Road in Pickering.

Highway 7/115:

  • Several bridge rehabilitation projects in Peterborough.



Information on past and future tenders.

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