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Ontario is building Highway 413

By Adam Freill   

Construction Infrastructure Roads

Province announces construction will begin in 2025, creating thousands of jobs and contributing $350 million to provincial GDP.

(Courtesy of RCCAO)

The Ontario government is moving ahead to get shovels in the ground on Highway 413. The province is planning for the release of the first early works construction contracts to begin building Highway 413 in 2025, subject to all necessary approvals.

Earlier this month, the province reached an agreement with the federal government that it says will allow the proposed 52-kilometre highway, with extensions to Highways 410 and 427, to proceed with strong environmental protections in place. As such, the province is undertaking fieldwork, including borehole drilling and engineering, to evaluate soil composition and bedrock depth. By mid-May, the province plans to host an event with key private sector experts to discuss ways to move construction forward quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of new technologies and project acceleration strategies while maximizing opportunities for economic development.

The province also outlined its land acquisition plans, which is set to begin in the fall, following the coming into force of the Get it Done Act, legislation that still needs to be passed by the provincial legislature.

“We are delivering on our promise to build Highway 413 with a plan to fix gridlock and get drivers across Halton, Peel and York regions where they need to go faster,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Highway 413 will help meet the needs of our growing province.”

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During construction, Highway 413 is expected to contribute $350 million to the province’s GDP and support 3,500 jobs each year for such vocations as heavy equipment operators, drilling and coring contractors, concrete and steel workers, utility contractors, environmental specialists, laboratory technologists and safety inspectors.

“Our government is reviving our construction sector with critical infrastructure projects like Highway 413, which will create thousands of well-paying careers,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “As our government makes record investments in job-creating critical infrastructure, we’re proud to work with union and industry partners through our over $1 billion Skills Development Fund to create the talent highway for workers to land a better job with a bigger paycheck in the skilled trades.”

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) was one of several industry organizations expressing approval of the announcement. “Highway 413 is a huge win for workers, commuters, and Ontario’s economy,” said Nadia Todorova, executive director of RCCAO. “This much needed piece of critical transportation infrastructure will prepare Ontario for projected population growth by creating new jobs, addressing mounting congestion, enabling more housing development, and catalyzing economic growth in the western GTA.”

As one of North America’s fastest-growing regions, the Greater Golden Horseshoe faces significant transportation challenges. By 2031, Highway 413 is projected to accommodate over 300,000 vehicle trips daily, providing a crucial alternative route and easing pressure on existing highways that will better keep goods and people on the move as a part of the province’s integrated transportation strategy for the region.

 

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