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  • November 30, 2017

Ontario Making It Easier to Drive Safe in Thunder Bay and Surrounding Region This Winter

Winter Tire Discount, Track My Plow Keeping Roads Safer


November 30, 2017


With snow already falling in parts of Ontario, the province is making it easier for drivers in Northwestern Ontario to stay safe on the roads this winter.

Insurance companies in Ontario must now offer a winter tire insurance discountfor all drivers in the province. Drivers should install four winter tires for better traction, handling and breaking in snow and ice — and they can have their auto insurance rates reduced by between two and five per cent on average. Drivers should also ensure their vehicles are winter-ready by getting a vehicle maintenance check-up and assembling a winter survival kit including items like a flashlight, blanket and shovel.

The province has expanded Track My Plow to all 20 of the province’s winter maintenance contract areas, helping more people track the location of snowplows in Northwestern Ontario Drivers are reminded to give them plenty of room and never pass a working snowplow.

Ontario is also piloting a new “forecasted road conditions” feature on Ontario 511 that predicts road conditions based on forecasted weather, precipitation, wind and temperature to help drivers plan their routes. Drivers can also find other traveler information, including reported road conditions, to help them stay informed. 

Additionally, drivers are reminded to give themselves extra time when travelling in the winter to reach their destinations safely, and if the weather is bad, postpone their trip until conditions improve.

Making it easier to stay safe on the roads is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.




“With some areas of the province already experiencing snow, we are reminding drivers to slow down, stay alert and in control this winter driving season. Ontario has some of the safest roads in North America and our government is committed to upholding the highest winter maintenance standards. I encourage everyone to do their part to ensure each and every one of us get home safely to our families this winter.”

— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“As we are all aware, Northwestern Ontario is heavily affected by a variety of winter driving conditions that make it important for all of us to be prepared when travelling our roads and highways. Preparation involves thinking about the way we drive, monitoring conditions as well ensuring we are equipped with the right tires. I’m pleased programs and standards put in place by our Government are making winter driving safer for everyone.”

Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay—Atikokan

“We can all do our part to promote safety when driving this winter by checking your vehicle, adjusting speeds, installing winter tires, and being prepared. There are also some excellent tools you can utilize that make it easier to stay safe on the roads this winter like planning ahead and checking out Track my Plow and Ontario 511 for the most current updates on road conditions in your area.”

Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay—Superior North


  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. Between 1995 and 2014, the number of driving-related fatalities decreased by 48 per cent.
  • More than 12 million litres of anti-icing liquid were used last winter to help prevent ice and snowpack from forming on provincial highways.
  • Winter tires that are in good condition can shorten braking distances by as much as 25 per cent.
  • This year, there will be more than 1,100 pieces of winter maintenance equipment on provincial highways to help fight winter storms.


Ontario’s Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan

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