Government of Ontario

Removal of tolls in Durham region a long-overdue victory

Published on February 18, 2022

DURHAM — Oshawa MPP Jennifer French released the following statement in response to the current government announcing it will finally remove tolls on Highways 412 and 418:

"The people of Durham and I are celebrating a big victory that’s long overdue — our fight to Free the 412 and 418 is a success. 

For years, residents in Durham region have had to deal with unfair tolling on Highways 412 and 418, in addition to the congestion of residential roadways that these tolls have caused. 

People in Durham should never have had to spend years shelling out money for community highways to get to and from their homes, to work or to visit family and friends. That was a terrible move from Steven Del Duca and the former government. 

Premier Ford could and should have removed the tolls of on Highways 412 and 418 years ago — instead, his government let my 2018 bill to end the tolls languish at committee. That means drivers shelled out extra cash for an extra four years just because Premier Ford wanted to wait until just before an election to do what was right all along. 

The people of Durham and I have been the driving force behind ending these tolls. Today is a victory for the people of Durham region.”