A better, faster, and more reliable transportation network will help reduce congested travel times for people and improve the efficiency of moving goods through the country’s trade corridors, which is critical to the success of Canadian companies in a global marketplace.
As part of its long-term commitment on infrastructure, the Government of Canada renewed the National Trade Corridors Fund in Budget 2021 with an additional $1.9 billion in funding for infrastructure projects to improve the fluid movement of people and goods through strategic trade corridors.
The Milton rail corridor plays a key role in supporting the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the greater Toronto area, and it is facing bottlenecks. Increased infrastructure capacity in the Milton corridor is key to realizing the transportation benefits of fluid freight movement and two-way, all-day service for commuters supporting the growth of the area economy.
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, has discussed the opportunity of improving the Milton corridor with the Province of Ontario and with Metrolinx, as the National Trade Corridors Fund could support the development of this corridor. Today, the Minister confirmed that the Government of Canada is committed to making improvements in the Milton Corridor. This could come from the National Trade Corridors Fund to address bottlenecks and increase the capacity of this critical corridor to meet the growing needs of moving people and freight seamlessly through Mississauga and Milton in order to support the expanding population and economy in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.