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Ontario Passes the Getting Ontario Moving Act

The Getting Ontario Moving Act will Upload Responsibility for New Subway Lines, Improve Road Safety, Protect Frontline Workers and Schoolchildren

Toronto, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 – Today, Ontario's government kept its promise to put people first by passing the Getting Ontario Moving Act that will cut red tape for our province's job creators, help keep our roads safe and enable the upload of new subway builds to the province to ensure get subway lines built faster.

"Our government is moving forward with its plan to upload new Toronto subway infrastructure to improve transit and get shovels in the ground faster," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation. "This legislation marks the next step in the largest expansion of Ontario's transit network in our province's history that will bring real relief to transit users."

The legislation will also cut red tape, find efficiencies and keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North America.

Changes to increase road safety include:

  • Making learning to drive safer and reaffirming to new drivers that it is never safe to drive under the influence by introducing two new offences for any driving instructor that violates a zero blood alcohol concentration or zero drug presence requirement.
  • Improving traffic flow and enhancing road safety on our highways by introducing tougher penalties for driving slowly in the left-hand lane.
  • Protecting our children by giving municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who blow by school buses and threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.
  • Strengthening laws that protect frontline, roadside maintenance, construction, tow truck and recovery workers from careless drivers.

The legislation will also make life easier for tourism operators and recreational off-road vehicle drivers by allowing off-road vehicles to operate on municipal roads unless specifically prohibited.

"With the passing of this legislation today our government is transforming how businesses and people interact with the Ministry of Transportation," said Yurek. "We're helping make our communities safer and ensuring Ontario is open for business and jobs once again."

Quick Facts:

  • The Getting Ontario Moving Act was introduced in the legislature on May 2, 2019 by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation.
  • The province has announced a $28.5 billion expansion to Ontario's transit network – the largest investment to build new subways in our history.
  • The province and the City of Toronto have agreed on a joint Terms of Reference to guide a discussion on uploading subway infrastructure from the city to the province.

Background Information:

Ontario's government is putting people first with the passing of the Getting Ontario Moving Act that will enable the upload of responsibility for new subway projects to the province from the City of Toronto, cut red tape, find efficiencies and help keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North America.

The Getting Ontario Moving Act will:

Upload Responsibility for New Subway Projects to the Province

  • Building subways faster by amending the Metrolinx Act to enable the upload of responsibility for new subway projects from the City of Toronto to the province.

Keep Ontarians Safe on our Roads, Highways, and Bridges

  • Protecting frontline, roadside maintenance, construction, tow truck and recovery workers from careless and dangerous drivers by strengthening applicable penalties.
  • Continuing our efforts to keep children safe by allowing a new Administrative Monetary Penalty framework that gives municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who blow-by school buses and threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.
  • Improving the flow of traffic and enhancing road safety on our highways by introducing tougher penalties for driving slowly in the left-hand lane.
  • Making learning to drive safer and reaffirming that alcohol, drugs and illegal substances never mix with driving by introducing two new offences for any driving instructor that violates a zero blood alcohol concentration or drug presence requirement while providing in car instruction.
  • Improving road conditions and ensuring community safety by creating an offence for defacing or removing traffic signs.

Cut Red Tape, Reduce Regulatory Burdens, and Find Efficiencies Within Government

  • Amending Highway Traffic Act references to align with recent changes to the Criminal Code of Canada.
  • Improving the flow of traffic and making it easier to build highway infrastructure by allowing temporary alterations to special use lanes within designated construction zones.
  • Supporting development by updating the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (PTHIA) for above ground and below ground structures.
  • Accelerating the construction of projects by updating PTHIA permitting for standalone earthworks for grading work.
  • Making life easier for tourism operators and recreational off-road vehicle drivers by simplifying the rules around off-road vehicles to allow them to operate on municipal roads, unless specifically prohibited.
  • Reducing the burden on the shortline railway industry through amendments to better manage performance.
  • Creating efficiencies by eliminating the outdated Enhanced Driver's Licence program.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:55:02 PM EST

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