TORONTO — The Good Roads conference, held in Toronto recently, was attended by party leaders, ministers, MPPs and staff from Queen’s Park.
The conference, the first in-person event in two years, took place 49 days before Ontario’s provincial election on June 2.
Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s minister of labour, training and skills development, opened the conference and announced a $1.3 million investment to support the Good Roads e-Road Advanced Training project which he said will help over 500 workers upgrade their skills through e-learning courses.
Ontario’s Minster of Transportation Caroline Mulroney also spoke at the conference and met with members of the association’s executive committee.
Andrea Horwath, leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party, was also in attendance and met with members of the association’s executive committee, who were pleased that she signalled potential good news for Good Roads in their future platform announcement.
Steven Del Duca, leader of Ontario’s Liberal Party, said a Liberal government will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to get around.
According to a release, Good Roads applauds his goal to introduce a Vision Zero program and achieve a Vision Zero mandate with zero fatalities or serious road injuries and further appreciates Del Duca’s promise to work with its association and interested municipalities to bundle procurement to support bridge building and rehabilitation. Good Roads also approves of the Ontario Liberal Party commitment to advance the 2+1 highway model to support safe travel on major Northern Ontario highways.
Also speaking at the conference was Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner. He committed to implementing Vision Zero, creating an $8 billion Climate Adaption Fund to support municipalities with green and resilient infrastructure and to restoring the 50 per cent provincial cost-share for transit operators.