THE PROBLEM:

Ontario is planning Highway 413, a redundant and unnecessary toll highway that would pave over farms and forests and cost taxpayers billions.

Right now Highway 407 (another toll highway) is underused. Yet the province is proposing to build another east-west toll highway just 15 km away.

  • A new mega-highway will encourage more sprawl. It’s exactly the opposite of what is needed to develop walkable, transit-friendly communities.
  • Building Highway 413 (also known as the GTA West) would cost Ontario taxpayers billions. And it would mean less money is available to invest in public transit.
  • Highway 413 would degrade the parts of the Credit River and Humber River watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario – a source of drinking water for millions of GTA residents.
  • Highway 413 would be 50 km long and would pave over 2,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 farmland – among Ontario’s most productive farmland.

A panel of experts will soon recommend whether or not the province should build Highway 413. Now’s the time to tell Ontario to Stop The 413.

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WHAT’S AT RISK:

Habitats of wildlife like monarch butterflies would be destroyed. Love locally grown food such as honey? Say no to Highway 413. The highway would damage watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario. Protect local farms and say no to the risky Highway 413. Highway 413 puts wetlands at risk of being paved over. Highway 413 would pave over forests, meadows and nature trails.

THE SOLUTION:

Instead of wasting money on a redundant toll highway, Ontario should invest in public transit close to where most people work and live.

  • When it comes to moving people, a GO train can do a better and quicker job than a jam-packed highway. One GO train moves 1,670 people.
  • Public transit gets more people out of their cars, which reduces traffic and pollution.
  • Today, more people want to live in walkable, transit friendly communities rather than be stuck in traffic jams for hours each day.

What can you do? Here are four ways you can do your part:

1. VOICE YOUR CONCERN:

Tell Ontario to stop Highway 413 and instead invest in public transit.

SIGN THE PETITION

2. SPREAD THE WORD:

Post the Stop the 413 petition on Facebook or Tweet the link to the petition with the hashtag #stopthe413.

   

3. ORDER A LAWN SIGN:

Live in the GTA? Raise awareness by ordering a Stop the 413 lawn sign.

ORDER A LAWN SIGN

4. CONNECT WITH OTHERS:

Want to connect with concerned people in your community? Email us at info@stopthe413.ca