Higher speed limit
Drivers will be able to legally drive at 110 kilometres per hour on Highway 417 east of Ottawa when a provincial test starts in September.
Under a two-year pilot project, the limit will be increased from 100 to 110 on the section between the Ontario-Québec border to the national capital.
“Results from the pilot and all feedback received during consultations will be carefully considered as a part of the final decision-making process,” says Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek. “We're also working with our road safety and enforcement partners.”
He adds: “Safety is the government's number one priority and each pilot location was carefully chosen based on a number of factors, including its ability to accommodate higher speed limits.”
There are currently six other provinces in Canada that have posted speed limits of 110 km/h or higher on certain highways.
“Ontario’s highways are among the safest in North America, where we’ve ranked the lowest or second lowest in fatality rates among all jurisdictions for 18 consecutive years,” the government says.