Expanding Truck Rest Areas Across the Province

Published on January 11, 2021

The government recognizes that there is a significant need for more truck parking across the province.

To help address the shortage of truck parking, Ontario is investing in a 5-year plan that includes repairing or expanding 14 existing rest areas, building 10 new rest areas, and adding 178 additional truck parking spaces at four existing ONroute Centres.

Research confirms that driver fatigue contributes to a significant number of truck collisions. We are helping keep Ontario’s roads and highways among the safest in North America by providing more opportunities for trucks to stop and safely park so that drivers can rest.

This is part of the government’s plan to build safer and better highways, support the trucking industry and get good goods moving in every corner of the province.

We would like to thank commercial carriers and truck drivers for everything that they’ve done so that individuals and families can continue to have access to the goods they rely on every day.

For 2020-21, the province has allocated approximately $2.6 billion to expand and repair Ontario’s highways and bridges. This includes construction funding of $764 million for expansion and approximately $1.5 billion for rehabilitation.

As part of the government’s commitment to raising awareness and combatting human trafficking, the province is exploring information opportunities at all rest areas, and proactively partnering with ONroute to educate the public about the signs of human trafficking and actions they can take that can make a difference in the lives of those at risk.

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