The PC government is cutting costs for drivers and businesses in Durham Region by permanently removing tolls on Highways 412 and 418, effective April 5, 2022.
“We have heard the people of Durham loud and clear and we agree that the tolls imposed on Highways 412 and 418 by the previous government are wrong and unfair,” said Doug Ford, Leader of the Ontario PC Party. “That’s why we are removing the tolls on these Highways so that people and businesses have more travel options and hard-earned money in their pockets.”
The unfair tolls on Highways 412 and 418 were put in place by the previous Liberal government and Steven Del Duca when he was Transportation Minister.
In 2017, Steven Del Duca said the tolls on Highways 412 and 418 would never be lifted.
Highways 412 and 418 are currently the only tolled north-south highways in Ontario. Removing tolls will provide more travel options for local residents, relieve gridlock on local roads across Durham Region, and help improve economic competitiveness for local businesses.
“The previous government unfairly targeted drivers and businesses in Durham Region by imposing tolls on Highway 412 and 418, leaving them underutilized while local streets became increasingly gridlocked,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP of York-Simcoe and Ontario’s Minister of Transportation. “As we move forward with new highways, our government has been clear that we will not repeat the mistakes of the past and impose these types of cost burdens on Ontarians.”
“I have long advocated for the removal of tolls from Highway 412 and 418, and today we are taking action to resolve this unfair decision made by the previous government,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby. “The removal of tolls shows this government’s steadfast commitment to helping Durham Region continue to grow and thrive.”