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Media Release: Ontario Bringing High Speed Rail to the Region of Waterloo

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Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of her team - Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge, Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph, and Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre - were at Google Canada headquarters in Kitchener today to present the province's plans to move forward with high speed rail along the Toronto-Windsor corridor. Media Release (05/19/2017) ONTARIO - Earlier today, Ontario announced that the province is moving ahead with preliminary design work on the project and investing $15 million in a comprehensive environmental assessment. The announcement comes with the release of a new report by David Collenette, Ontario's Special Advisor, on the feasibility of high speed rail.

High speed rail will support Waterloo Region's innovative business climate by reducing travel times, giving people more low-carbon transit options, and creating new opportunities for workers and businesses. It will complement Ontario's plans, already underway, to convert the GO network into GO Regional Express Rail (RER) and help provide a seamless commuting experience for people across the province.

High speed rail could cut travel time between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto to a minimum of 48 minutes, down from the current average of 90 minutes by car. Between Kitchener-Waterloo and London, travel time could be reduced to a minimum of 25 minutes from 60 minutes.

Combined with GO RER's proposed delivery of two-way, all-day service, high speed rail will be a transformative mode shift for transportation in Southwestern Ontario. It will expand Ontario's innovation supercorridor to Windsor, connect economic clusters and support a low-carbon economy.

Investing in high speed rail is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


"Kitchener-Waterloo is one of the most diverse, vibrant regions in Canada, and a driving force behind Ontario's innovation economy. Countries around the world have long recognized the benefits of high speed rail - not just the time it saves people, but the opportunities it creates. As the first province in Canada to launch a rail transformation of this magnitude, we are unlocking local and regional potential in Southwestern Ontario and making a real investment in the region's future."

-- Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

"High speed rail will have a transformative impact on travel in Southwestern Ontario, helping people to innovate, connect with each other, and travel for work, study and play. This is just one part of our plan to invest in transit across the province - connecting communities and supporting growth in jobs and the economy."

-- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

"Moving forward with a high speed rail plan supports our efforts to attract the best and brightest to Waterloo Region. This ambitious project lays a foundation as we build up our innovation corridor that will benefit our community and Ontario."

-- Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca

"This will be one of the biggest environmental assessment endeavours undertaken in our country and our province. Today's announcement is a major step towards achieving this bold and innovative vision to move Ontario forward."

-- Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge and Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry


§ Proposed stops on the new HSR line include Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto, with a connection to Pearson International Airport.

§ Trains on high speed rails would move at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour using a combination of existing track between Toronto and Kitchener, and a new, dedicated rail corridor between Kitchener and London.

§ A request for bids for the design required to support the Environmental Assessment for the full length of the Toronto-Windsor corridor will be issued this fall. 

§ The Honourable David Collenette, a former federal Minister of Transport, has significant experience interacting with diverse and influential stakeholders, as well as knowledge of policy and regulatory issues related to the transportation sector. Since his retirement from Parliament in 2004, Mr. Collenette has served as an advisor to many organizations in the defence and transportation industries.


Special Advisor for High Speed Rail: Final Report

2017 Ontario Budget

Building Together, Ontario's infrastructure plan


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