THUNDER BAY, ONT.—Four new rest areas along provincial highways will be built and 10 will be repaired and expanded to improve travel for drivers in northern Ontario.
The Government of Ontario is investing $2.6 billion in the 2020-21 fiscal year to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges, including construction funding of $625 million in northern Ontario.
As part of the government’s commitment to raising awareness and combatting human trafficking, the province is exploring anti-human trafficking measures at rest areas, such as improved lighting, posting information such as a support hotline and adding security cameras, indicates a release.
Other amenities will include more bathrooms and increased parking.
Ontario 511 and the 511 app will be updated whenever a rest area is expanded or developed to identify new facilities for truckers, adds the release.
“In these extraordinary times, we recognize that there is a significant need for better facilities at rest areas in northern Ontario for our province’s travellers and truck drivers,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation, in a statement. “Building more rest areas with better facilities will make travelling safer and more comfortable, especially for those who need to drive long distances. Through these improvements we are also taking steps to raise awareness of human trafficking to help put an end to this serious problem.”