Attention, drivers! Starting on Friday, April 22, select highways will have permanent speed limits of 110 km/hour in Ontario.

Following a pilot program that launched a few years ago, the government now said that those speed limits will now be made permanent. The usual speed limit on highways is 100 km/hour.

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Here are the highways that now have 110 km/hour speed limits permanently:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from Hamilton to St. Catharines (32km)
  • Highway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km)
  • Highway 417 from Ottawa to the Ontario / Quebec Border (102 km)
  • Highway 401 from Windsor to Tilbury (approx 40 km)
  • Highway 404 from Newmarket to Woodbine (approx 16 km)
  • Highway 417 from Kanata to Arnprior (approx 37 km)

Also starting on Friday, the speed limit will be raised to 110 km/hr on a trial basis on the following sections of provincial highways in Northern Ontario.

  • Highway 400 from MacTier to Nobel (55 km)
  • Highway 11 from Emsdale to South River (45 km)

When the pilot was first introduced in 2019, the government said they were considering raising speed limits “from 100 km/h to 110 km/h on appropriate Ontario 400-series highways. The new speed limit would align with other provinces, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.”

They launched a speed limit pilot on three sections of highway in Ontario at the time. The pilot, which was originally planned for a two-year period, and was extended for two more years.

According to the province, stunt driving penalties will continue to apply at 150 km/hr. This means that in the pilot zones, the stunt driving penalties will apply at 40 km/hr over the posted speed limit, not the usual 50 km/hr over.

So either way, drive safe out there!