ONTARIO: STOP HIGHWAY 413 AND THE BRADFORD BYPASS
The Ontario government plans to spend $6-10 billion dollars of public money on two new megahighways - Highway 413 between Milton and Vaughan, and the Bradford Bypass which would cut through the Holland Marsh south of Lake Simcoe. Both highways will destroy important farmland, natural areas and sections of the Greenbelt.
Building Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass would increase harmful air pollution, put endangered species at greater risk, and make climate change worse. The 413 alone would create up to 17 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2050 - the year that Canada is supposed to reach net-zero emissions. Many local councils along the routes have opposed these destructive highways and declared a climate emergency, but the province is still planning on going ahead - against the wishes of local communities who want a healthy future.
The GTA needs transportation solutions, but building more highways does not solve congestion. In fact, experts say Highway 413 would save commuters less than a minute of driving on average across the region. Instead of spending $6-10 Billion dollars on another traffic jam, the Ontario government should be investing in low-carbon public transit, walkable communities, and climate change solutions.
Tell Ontario to CANCEL Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, and invest in our future instead.
Your letter will be sent to Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, Environment Minister David Piccini, and your local MPP.