Bradford Bypass

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The Issue

The province of Ontario is recklessly putting the cart before the horse by starting to build the Bradford Bypass before necessary research and planning have been completed.

They are building a bridge at Yonge St. north of Bradford in the fall of 2022 without committing to manage:

  • Impacts on human health, climate change, or Lake Simcoe;
  • The cumulative effects of the loss of fish habitat over the entire project;
  • Salt pollution in Lake Simcoe: In 37 years, Lake Simcoe could reach the chronic guideline level of salinity. A salt-spewing highway will hasten this change;  
  • Current and future local traffic congestion;
  • There is also no budget and no complete engineered drawings of the highway.
This is no way to protect Lake Simcoe and its fish!
Want to know more? Bradford Bypass Timeline: A Story in Brief

10,000 people, seven municipalities, and 63 organizations have asked for additional provincial or federal impact assessment for this highway. 

Neither level of government has agreed, and we are not satisfied with their reasons.

Get Involved in this grassroots effort to Stop the Bradford Bypass. Email rescuelakesimcoecoalition@gmail.com.

Our Advocacy

Municipal
Provincial
Federal

In The Media

May 27, 2022 – OrilliaMatters.com: THE BIG READ: Inside the endless battle over the Bradford Bypass

March 21, 2022 – The National Observer: Environmental groups file lawsuit against federal minister over Bradford Bypass

March 20, 2022 – The Pointer: Case for Bradford Bypass ‘thin at best’: environmental groups take federal environment minister to court

February 17, 2022 – OrilliaMatters.com: Concerned citizens vow to fight against bypass, despite ‘infuriating’ federal decision

February 16, 2022 – The National Observer: Environmental groups ask federal fisheries minister to intervene in Bradford Bypass

February 14, 2022 – Toronto Star: Salt contamination of Lake Simcoe a frightening warning about highway expansion. An Op-Ed by Claire Malcolmson

February 10, 2022 – The Narwhal: Federal government rejects second call for review of Ontario’s Bradford Bypass highway project

February 10, 2022 – The National Observer: Feds deny second request to intervene in Bradford Bypass project

February 10, 2022 – OrilliaMatters.com: Local group says feds’ decision not to intervene on Bradford Bypass is ‘beyond disappointing’

January 22, 2022 – BradfordToday.com: LETTER: Province needs to consider other ways to reduce traffic congestion in the area

December 2, 2021 – OrilliaMatters.com: Auditor General’s findings underscore Bradford Bypass concerns: Coalitions

October 31, 2021 – Toronto Star: What the Ford government hasn’t told you about its next controversial highway project

October 12, 2021 – TheStar.com: Lake Simcoe environmental groups concerned after province grants Bradford Bypass exemption

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