Yes, THE GET IT DONE ACT introduced in a Thursday February 15th News Release by the Minister of Transportation, may sound positive: "our government under the leadership of Premier Ford is on a mission to keep costs down for families and businesses,” Here's the link:
Note that the measures the Province of Ontario is expecting to kick off with the Get It Done Act "Ontario Banning Road Tolls, Freezing Driver’s Licence Fees to Keep Costs Down" for the Legislature's spring sitting beginning on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 has the goal of a ban on future tolls on all provincial highways "in order to help reduce household costs, build on the government’s commitments to date to streamline approvals for major infrastructure projects and housing, keep costs down for people and businesses, and support economic growth for long-term prosperity".
But they are not eliminating existing highway tolls, the ban is only for FUTURE tolls.
BURNING QUESTION: Why isn't the Province taking the tolls off the Hwy 407E. extension through Durham Region? This is the only tolled Ontario highway section NOT LEASED.
Last year (effective June 2023) the province removed the tolls on the 412 and 418 north/south connectors to Hwy 401.
This was accomplished when the Provincial government approved changes to the Highway 407 East Act, 2012, as part of the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, passed in 2022.
Clearly it is within the power of the province's elected to remove the tolls on the Hwy 407E extension from Brock Rd. to Hwy 35/115 and
NOW IS THE TIME!
Write the Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria and Minister of Education Stephen Lecce who both tweeted about the proposed new legislation. Make the request not to ignore the elephant in the room with the GET IT DONE Act. Work on getting it right. Durham Region is hurting. Removing the tolls across Durham Region will not only boost the economy, help create new jobs, but it will ease the traffic burden on highway 401 east of Brock Rd. making it safer.
Send this message to all Members of Provincial Government who represent Durham Riding and Premier Ford — that GTA East families and businesses need not be burdened with tolls as the GET IT DONE Act advocates, especially when it is within their power to help make this right in Durham Region!
Emails and contact information:
Minister of Transportation
Tel: 905-796-8669 or Ministry office: 416-327-9200
Minister of Education
Tel.: 647-560-9700 or Ministry office: 416-325-2600
Clarington, Scugog and North Oshawa (Durham Riding) MPP
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone
Tel: 905-723-2411 or 416-325-0117
Pickering , Uxbridge MPP
Tel.: 905-509-0336 Toll free: 1-888-444-1730