Ontario Releases Plan to Build Transportation and Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Published on March 11, 2022

Ontario Releases Plan to Build Transportation and Transit Infrastructure in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

With the population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe expected to reach almost 15 million people over the next 30 years, the Ontario government today released Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. With more than 100 immediate and near-term actions, including building Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, the plan will support population and employment growth, reduce gridlock, connect communities, and improve people’s access to jobs, housing, health care and education.

“Our government is saying ‘yes’ to building the roads, highways and public transit needed to unlock our full economic potential and keep our province moving forward,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As we attract more skilled workers to Ontario, we need to build more roads and highways to keep up with population growth. Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass are a critical part of our plan to build Ontario as we connect communities, reduce gridlock and get goods to market sooner.”

In addition to building new highways to address gridlock, the province is also moving ahead with the largest subway build in Canadian history alongside the expansion of regional passenger rail services. Doing so will ensure the province delivers on its mandate of two-way, all-day, 15-minute service.

“Our government is building roads, highways and transit to connect communities, fight gridlock and keep goods and people moving across the province, including in Ontario’s economic engine, the Greater Golden Horseshoe,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “No matter how you choose to move, we are building all forms of transportation infrastructure to help you get to where you need to go more safely, quickly, and conveniently. Our bold vision will create jobs, boost Ontario’s competitiveness and meet the demands of people in this rapidly growing region.”

Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe is an evergreen, living document that will continuously evolve, be updated and improved to meet forecasted growth and future needs of the region. To this end, the province will continue to work closely with municipal, Indigenous and Francophone communities, transportation agencies, industry and businesses to align planning and keep this vital region moving.

“The Greater Golden Horseshoe is home to diverse communities with different transportation needs,” said Vijay Thanigasalam, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation. “Our government has developed a transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe that is informed by engagement with local community members, partners, and stakeholders.”

As part of the plan, the province will establish a taskforce of local leaders to advise on additional ways to improve connections between modes and communities, support regional tourism and help keep people and goods moving.