A new survey released yesterday by a broad consortium of both public and private sector transportation organizations found that more than nine in ten Ontarians (96%) support government investment in transportation infrastructure, and among those surveyed, ranked investments in roads and bridges as number two on their list of top infrastructure spending priorities.

A majority of Ontarians feel that traffic is at least somewhat of a concern in their daily lives, and many see investments in road infrastructure as the solution to road traffic concerns across the province.

Residents felt that for every dollar government invests in infrastructure, 17 cents should be spent on hospital infrastructure, 13 cents should go towards roads and bridges and 12 cents should be earmarked for repairing Ontario’s schools. Investments in affordable housing and public transit rounded out the top five.

Just over half (53%) of Ontarians feel that highways, roads and bridges are the most important potential infrastructure investment as opposed to 26% who feel investments should be made towards light rail transit (LRT) and subways.

On the topic of road tolls in Ontario, there were 66% of Ontario residents who think that tolls collected on roads should go towards road maintenance (47%) or infrastructure improvements and expansions (19%).

The survey results have shown that residents in Ontario feel a top priority is for government investments to be made in road infrastructure to provide relief to the traffic congestion on the roads in their communities.

The research is supported by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition (OGRSC).


  • Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA)
    • “Infrastructure plays a vital role in our economy today and into the future. Immediate action to relieve traffic congestion and improve our transportation infrastructure networks will continue to place Ontario at a competitive advantage. These results clearly show that while investments being made in expanding Ontario’s public transit systems are necessary, Ontarians feel strongly that government spending priorities should include investments in highways, roads and bridges at the top of the list.”
  • Scott Butler, Manager, Policy and Research, Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA)
    • “Ontarians, appreciative of the importance that transportation plays in their lives, are looking for all orders of government to invest in infrastructure that makes getting around easier. If governments are to successfully address these concerns, innovative approaches to infrastructure investments will be critical.”
  • Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations, Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA)
    • “The vast majority of Ontarians – 83 percent – feel that having a vehicle is a necessity for their household. Investments in highways, roads and bridges are critical to meet the transportation needs of Ontario residents now and into the future. With Ontario’s population set to increase by 4 million people over the next 25 years, now is the time to put road infrastructure construction into high gear that will meet future demand, cut commute times and support Ontario’s auto sector.”
  • Gord White, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Waste Management Association
    • Ontario’s economy relies on a well-maintained network of roads and bridges to move goods and people around the province. The survey results show that Ontarians understand the importance of investing in these vital infrastructure projects as a way to reduce gridlock in our cities and on our highways. Continuing to focus public investment on repairing, expanding and building roads and bridges in Ontario will help to relieve congestion and improve the province’s economic competitiveness.”
  • Jamie West, Co-Chair, Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition
    • “Ontarians clearly understand the importance of the infrastructure that surrounds our roads and the importance of maintaining it. The Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition will continue to encourage Ontario’s road authorities to use modern, crash-tested standards to guide their equipment choices and maintenance practices.”

Supporting Materials

Impressions of Ontarians on Roads, Traffic and Investments Survey Summary

About the Nanos Survey

Nanos Research conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) telephone random survey of 500 residents of Ontario, 18 years of age or older, between January 25 and February 2, 2017 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Ontario. Individuals were randomly called using random digit dialing with a maximum of five call backs. The margin of error for a random survey of 500 residents of Ontario is ±4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About the Ontario Road Builders’ Association

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

About the Ontario Good Roads Association

The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services. Visit www.ogra.org for more information.

About the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association

Since 1908, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Ontario’s new car dealers. Our 1,100 dealers represent every brand and franchise, operate across Ontario and employ 53,000 people. Visit www.tada.ca for more information.

About the Ontario Waste Management Association

The OWMA is the largest waste management association in Canada and represents more than 250 members within Ontario’s private and public sectors. OWMA members manage 85% of Ontario’s waste and have diverse interests and capital investments in areas, such as waste and recycling collection, material recycling and resource recovery, organics processing and composting, hazardous waste recycling and safe disposal, and landfills and transfer stations. Learn more about the OWMA at www.OWMA.org.

About the Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition

The Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition (OGRSC) represents companies from across Ontario that, collectively, install about two-thirds Ontario’s road-side safety equipment and employ more than 500 people. OGRSC members are responsible and professional businesses that seek to improve Ontario’s road safety.

Source: Canada NewsWire