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Ontario’s Highway 413 to move forward with new federal agreement

April 18, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

TORONTO – Ontario’s transportation minister Prabmeet Sarkaria shared hopes for the construction of Highway 413 to begin within the next year following an agreement with the federal government.

The agreement, announced April 15, establishes a joint working group that minimizes the highway’s environmental impacts in areas of federal jurisdiction, allowing construction to begin earlier than anticipated.

The 52-kilometre highway project, which will connect York, Peel and Halton, was resurrected by the Ford administration in 2019 after being cancelled by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government the year prior.

The project was earmarked by the federal government for an environmental assessment in 2021 under the Impact Assessment Act. After the Supreme Court of Canada found parts of this act to be unconstitutional, this agreement has been reached between both parties.


“We’ve come to a conclusion with our federal partners on this to ensure, from an environmental perspective to that working group, that all issues are being addressed,” said Sarkaria. “It really provides us a lot of certainty moving forward as this impact assessment had really challenged the province from getting shovels in the ground and acquiring land and really proceeding with the project.”

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