The Government of Ontario announced it is moving ahead with plans to build Highway 413 after having reached an agreement with the federal government for the project to proceed, and said construction will begin in 2025.

“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.

The province is currently undertaking fieldwork, including borehole drilling and engineering, to evaluate soil composition and bedrock depth. By mid-May, the province will be hosting a market sounding 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 will be meeting with property owners to acquire land at fair market value and following the coming into force of the Get it Done Actif passed, will begin expediting land acquisitions in the fall. In addition, 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.

“We have a responsibility to ensure Ontario drivers have more time to spend on the moments that really matter in life, not stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “Highway 413 will bring much-needed relief to drivers across the GTA and our government is proud to be getting it done.”

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

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“The skilled trades is a major driver of Ontario’s economic prosperity. 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,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

Highway 413 is a central component of the government’s transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, designed to improve travel options and drive economic growth throughout the region.

“Highway 413 will be critical infrastructure for the fastest growing region of Ontario. RCCAO members, the men and women building our province, are proud to support this project and build it so all Ontarians can benefit from it for generations to come. The building of Highway 413 will create thousands of jobs and provide training opportunities for our province’s next generation of builders, offering economic benefits and increased prosperity for Ontario,” said Nadia Todorova, executive director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario.

“Highway 413 represents a vital artery for the Greater Toronto Area’s future economic growth, connectivity, and quality of life. Its construction will generate thousands of jobs, reduce commuter times, and allow for urgently needed new housing and industrial development. Together with its transit investments, it is clear that the Ontario Government recognizes the pivotal role transportation infrastructure plays in driving prosperity. We also applaud the Ministry of Transportation’s continued practice of using recycled aggregate in the construction of its 400-series highways to protect non-renewable resources and reduce carbon emissions,” said Raly Chakarova, executive director of Toronto and Area Road Builders Association.

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