Southwestern Ontario

Ontario meets the United States in Southwestern Ontario.

Its major border crossings — Detroit, Buffalo, Niagara — ensure Ontario’s goods and services can be delivered just-in-time to destinations across the continent. These trade gateways and the region’s logistical, manufacturing and agricultural clusters are critical to the entire Province’s competitiveness.

Work is underway to improve many of these critical trade routes. The long-delayed Gordie Howe International Bridge will produce 2,500 jobs during construction, and the Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor addressed Ontario’s worst highway bottleneck outside the Greater Toronto Area. These projects help to increase the movement of goods and people. Regional transit is also under construction. An $800-million investment in the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system now connects Kitchener and Waterloo with quick, reliable transit and soon will connect to the centre of Cambridge.

The pandemic exposed North America’s dependency on precarious supply chains and critical points of entry. Increasingly businesses at home and abroad will buttress the resiliency of their supply chains with additional connections in Ontario and North America more broadly. The “Made in Canada” brand conveys quality, and Ontario will continue to grow, manufacture and invent great products. North America will rely even more on southwestern Ontario’s agricultural sector. This will place more pressure on our highways. Enhancing southwestern Ontario’s connectivity will enable us to remain competitive well into the twenty-first century.

A New Freeway and 21st Century Border Infrastructure for the Niagara Peninsula

Creating a new freeway as a supplemental transportation corridor to the Queen Elizabeth Way and twinning the Peace Bridge to alleviate the border bottleneck of goods and people.

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Ontario’s Clean Energy Potential

Exploring clean energy solutions including renewable natural gas, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and hydrogen that will help strengthen Ontario’s role as an innovative leader.

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Broadband to Address the Urban-Rural Digital Divide

Continue the Province’s unwavering commitment to broadband infrastructure and seek further commitments from the Universal Broadband Fund and the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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A Strategic Transportation Link to Ontario’s Ring of Fire

Construct a north-south roadway to the Ring of Fire to untap Canada’s largest known source of mineral wealth.

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Frequent and Reliable Rail Service between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

Creating new and dedicated tracks for passenger trains to support easy and efficient travel between the thriving economies.

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Rapid Transit for Toronto’s Waterfront

Unlock the Port Lands’ full economic potential by implementing flood protection and constructing a transit link with the existing downtown network.

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The Ontario Line Subway

A 16-kilometre long Ontario Line to create new north-south and east-west routes to and from the City’s Central Business District.

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An Eastern GTA Transit Hub

The number of transit projects in the region that are currently in the planning stages should be tied together with other modes of existing transit and transportation using a new multimodal Eastern GTA Transit Hub.

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Extending the Yonge Subway into York Region

This project will enhance north-south connectivity in the northern GTA, linking Union Station in downtown Toronto with Richmond Hill Centre in York Region.

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