Province Connecting People and Places in Southwestern Ontario
London - Ontario's government is delivering on its commitment to develop regional
transportation plans that will connect people and places across the province. Today,
Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, announced that the government is
releasing its first draft plan to build a better transportation system that will
connect individuals, families and businesses in southwestern Ontario.
"People in southwestern Ontario deserve access to a safe and reliable transportation
network that gets them to where they need to go," said Mulroney. "Our plan for southwestern
Ontario includes real, practical transportation improvements that will connect our
cities, towns, villages and hamlets by improving our roads and highways, improving
accessibility, and ensuring bus, rail and local transit services are as seamless
Ontario's plan, Connecting the Southwest, contains more than 40 advancements and
strategies, including options for improvements to existing rail corridors and private-sector
partnerships to optimize passenger and freight rail. It also includes improvements
to southwestern Ontario's highway network and intercommunity bus services.
"People in southwestern Ontario deserve better transportation that gives them safe
and reliable access to jobs, their family and friends and the region's many tourist
destinations," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. "Our government will continue to put forward
smart solutions that respect the value of southwestern Ontario to our province,
to our economy and to our quality of life."
The southwestern Ontario transportation plan marks the beginning of comprehensive
regional transportation planning for the province, and will be informed by engagement
with municipal leaders, Indigenous communities, community leaders, businesses, and
The province is also consulting the public to gather feedback and explore strategies
to implement actions in the plan. Ontarians can participate by completing the online
survey until March 17, 2020. Connecting the Southwest is a living document that
will evolve throughout the consultations and as new and innovative technology advances.
"Once again, the Ford Government has shown strong support for our sector. The draft
Southwestern Plan contains many items to improve the efficiency of our industry,
the safety of the motoring public and commercial drivers while bringing needed changes
to commercial vehicle highway clearance," said Stephen Laskowski, President of the
Ontario Trucking Association. "Our industry, and by extension, the Province of Ontario
will be more competitive through the execution of this effort."
- Ontario is developing regional plans that will help build a better transportation
system to keep goods moving across the province, starting with southwestern Ontario.
Regional planning is also underway for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Northern and
- Southwestern Ontario is home to 1.6 million people in 88 municipalities, 10 First
Nations communities and five Métis Community Councils. In this plan, the region
extends from Essex County in the west, Norfolk County in the east and Bruce and
Grey Counties in the north.
- Over $1.1 billion worth of goods travel on southwestern Ontario roads every day.
- In southwestern Ontario, new routes funded by Ontario’s Community Transportation
Grant program, in combination with existing service, will increase the number of
municipalities with access to intercommunity bus service by 58 per cent.
- As part of the plan, the province will establish a task force with municipalities
and Indigenous communities that will look at better integrating rail, bus and local
public transit across southwestern Ontario to provide people with a seamless travel