The Ontario government is launching three speed limit pilots to explore new ways to improve traffic flow on provincial highways.
On September 26, 2019, the highway speed limit changed from 100 km/h to 110 km/h along three sections of highways in Southern Ontario:
Highway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km);
Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from St. Catharines/Lincoln to Hamilton (32 km); and
Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to Ontario/Quebec border (102 km).
The three pilot sites were chosen because they require minimal to no upgrades, have an average interchange spacing of 3km or greater and can handle a 110 km/h speed limit.
Six other provinces in Canada that have posted speed limits of 110 km/h or higher on some highways.
"The Ontario Safety League traditionally bases their position on science, and the science tells us that although excessive speed is a factor in many crashes, under normal driving conditions and with reasonable driving attention it would have virtually no impact,” said Brian Patterson, president and CEO of the Ontario Safety League.
The Ontario government is also launching online consultations to obtain the public's feedback on the speed limit pilots. The information will help inform decisions related to increased speed limits and will be considered in the final decision-making process. Ontarians can share their feedback by completing an online survey by November 23, 2019.
"Our government puts people first in every decision we make," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "That's why we want to hear first-hand from those who rely on our roads about how we can safely modernize our highways to better fit the needs of the people."