Ontario is hoping to make roads across the province safer, and to help residents save money on their insurance bills.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca has announced that insurance companies in Ontario must now offer a winter tire insurance discount for all drivers in the province. Drivers can have their auto insurance rates reduced by between two and five per cent for installing four winter tires.

Ontario has expanded their Track My Plow program to all 20 of the province’s winter maintenance contract areas, to help people track the location of snowplows in the area. Drivers are reminded to give snow plows plenty of room and to never pass a working snowplow.

The province has also added a new “forecasted road conditions” feature to Ontario 511, that predicts road conditions based on forecasted weather, precipitation, wind and temperature to help drivers plan their routes. The traveller information service also includes current reported road conditions, traffic cameras, weather cameras and more to help drivers stay informed.

Del Duca reminded the public that winter tires provide better handling, breaking and traction, and to assemble a winter survival kit in their vehicles. The kit typically includes items like a flashlight, blanket and a shovel. Winter tires that are in good condition can shorten braking distances by as much as 25 per cent.

“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,” said Del Duca. “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,” he said, in a prepared release.

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.

For more information:
Ontario 511 – Road Conditions
Ontario - Track My Plow 

More Local News

NWHU warns there are risks when using cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis the Northwestern Health Unit wants the public to know there are some risks. Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kit Young-Hoon talked about the health impact. "Cannabis…

New Director of Education for the KCDSB looking forward to new role

A new Director of Education has been hired by the Kenora Catholic District School Board. Dr. Derek Haime is looking forward to taking over the position February 1. "I think developing those…

Warmer weather on its way

Residents across the region can look forward to warm temperatures in the coming days. Across the region, tomorrow has a forecasted high of 14 with sun. Environment Canada Meteorologist Gerald Cheng…

Marijuana now legal across Canada

Cannabis is legal across the province beginning today. You will need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of…

Residents reminded to be cautious

A semi hit the ditch near Stewart lake and the pipeline station. Highways across the district are being reported as icy this morning. Travellers are reminded to drive according to conditions. .

Kenora Catholic hires new director

Trustees with the Kenora Catholic District School Board have made their decision. They've chosen Derek Haime as their new director of education. He has experience in elementary and secondary schools…

Flu season fast-approaching

Flu season is right around the corner, with dropping temperatures in the region leading to an increased risk of illness in the area. The Northwestern Health Unit is hoping to protect residents from…

Rescue on Lake of the Woods

Jon Tennessen was staying at a local resort, when he got called in last week to help with the search for two missing anglers. "We had some pretty adverse conditions," he said, understating the…

Bird bids for school board seat

Heather Bird is running for a seat on the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, and she talks about her reasons for running. "There are a lot of special needs in our region, and because I kind of…

Legislators pay tribute to Steve Fobister

Queen's Park members voted unanimously to pay tribute to the late Steve Fobister of Grassy Narrows yesterday. Keewatinoong member Sol Mamakwa offered his thoughts. "He would want us to keep fighting,…

KenoraOnline.com is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login