Bradford Bypass

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!

Highway 413 & Bradford Bypass Explainer by The Narwhal

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.

Read: Bradford Bypass Final Decision Press Release

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Our Advocacy




In The Media

May 3, 2023- The Trillium: Bradford Bypass to cost at least $1 billion, Infrastructure docs show

May 1, 2023-Law Times: Environmental groups celebrate federal court ruling on the Bradford Bypass

May 1, 2023- YorkRegion: Lake Simcoe’s health is a ‘serious concern’: letter to the editor

May 1, 2023- The Pointer: Court ruling on Bradford Bypass highlights Liberal government’s empty words on environmental protection

May 1, 2023- From kidnappings to cannon-sinking, what lies beneath the Bradford Bypass route?

April 30, 2023- The Energy Mix: Court ruling renews calls for federal review of Ontario’s Bradford Bypass

April 28, 2023- BarrieToday: Bradford Bypass will cost more than $800M: Transport minister

April 28, 2023- Federal court finds Bradford Bypass decision was unreasonable

April 25, 2023- EcoJustice: Groups celebrate major win for public participation in court case related to Bradford Bypass 

April 25, 2023- Bradford Today: Denying federal impact assessment for Bradford Bypass ‘unreasonable’

Apr 23, 2023- The Star: ‘Absolutely destroying our community and our environment’: Environmentalists rally north of Newmarket

Apr 22, 2023- Bradford Today: Environmentalists rallying in Holland Landing on Earth Day weekend

Apr 17, 2023-‘Fascinating … infuriating’: Webinar explores Bradford bypass history and concerns about the future

Apr 14, 2023- York Region: Open letter asks Ford government to step up in protecting Lake Simcoe

February 21, 2023- Aware Simcoe: LETTER: Province hasn’t been up front on Bradford Bypass

February 5, 2023-Federal government flip flops on intervention to stop Doug Ford’s assault on the environment

December 15, 2022 – Ontario is poised to double the size of the Bradford Bypass, documents suggest

December 9, 2022 – LETTER: Local groups urge feds to protect natural areas

November 30, 2022 – A dark day for Ontario: Bill 23 passes, dooms climate change strategies across the GTHA, locks in a future of urban sprawl 

November 9, 2022 – CTV News: Construction to begin on bridge crossing over future Bradford Bypass

October 14, 2022 – Bradford Bypass will ’cause harm’ to Lake Simcoe, fish: critics

September 28, 2022 – National Observer: ‘This is what’s in danger’: Requiem for the Holland Marsh

May 27, 2022 – 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 – 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 – Local group says feds’ decision not to intervene on Bradford Bypass is ‘beyond disappointing’

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

December 2, 2021 – 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 – Lake Simcoe environmental groups concerned after province grants Bradford Bypass exemption

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