Connecting Link

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A sign denoting the beginning of a Connecting Link. This particular sign is located on Highway 24 south of Cambridge.

The Connecting Link program is a provincial subsidy provided to municipalities to assist with road construction, maintenance and repairs in the Canadian province of Ontario. Roads which are designated as connecting links form the portions of provincial highways through built-up communities which are not owned by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Connecting links are governed by several regulations, including section 144, subsection 31.1 of the Highway Traffic Act and section 21 of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act. While the road is under local control and can be modified to their needs, extensions and traffic signals require the approval of the MTO to be constructed.[1]

The Connecting Link program was established in 1927.[2] Today, 355.4 kilometres (220.8 mi) of roadway in 77 municipalities are maintained under the program. These links cross 70 bridges also maintained under the program.[3]

In return for that particular road being downloaded, the town or county receives money and assistance in maintaining it, and is able to still sign and list it as a provincial highway, though not all connecting links are signed as provincial highways. Some (typically in cases of municipal streets urbanized before the provincial highway system existed) connecting links, however, were never provincial-maintained highways at all, but rather local streets or even county or regional roads that the town, city, county, or region has assistance in maintaining.

During the large-scale downloading of many provincial highways in 1997, many connecting links were repealed when their parent highways were decommissioned. However, in some cases, where a highway terminated in a city, only the connecting links through the urbanized areas were repealed, while the rest of the highway remained under provincial jurisdiction. An example of this was Highway 10 through Mississauga and Brampton. In one unique case, Highway 11A, the entire highway was decommissioned as a result of it being a connecting link for its full length.

Most connecting links are busy municipal or county roads that were once provincial highways, and are designated by small yellow squares or diamonds with the text "C/L" or "CL" on them at their start and end termini. These are similar to, but not always related to 7000-series highways.

Current links

The following table lists the current connecting links in the province by highway.[4]

Highway Municipality (community) Local street name(s) Length
Highway 3 Aylmer Talbot Street 2.25 km (1.40 mi)
Windsor Huron Church Road 3.75 km (2.33 mi)
Haldimand (Cayuga) Talbot Road 1.25 km (0.78 mi)
Haldimand (Dunnville) Broad Street
George Street
Main Street
4.65 km (2.89 mi)
Haldimand (Jarvis) Talbot Street 1.65 km (1.03 mi)
Norfolk (Delhi) King Street
James Street
2.10 km (1.30 mi)
Norfolk (Simcoe) Queensway East
Queensway West
4.00 km (2.49 mi)
Highway 4 Central Huron (Clinton) Victoria Street 1.30 km (0.81 mi)
South Huron (Exeter) Main Street 3.15 km (1.96 mi)
Lucan Biddulph (Lucan) Main Street 2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Highway 6 South Bruce Peninsula (Wiarton) Berford Street 2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Chatsworth Garafraxa Street 0.55 km (0.34 mi)
West Grey (Durham) Garafraxa Street 2.25 km (1.40 mi)
Haldimand (Hagersville) Main Street 1.60 km (0.99 mi)
Haldimand (Jarvis) Main Street 2.30 km (1.43 mi)
Centre Wellington (Fergus) St. David Street
Tower Street
Bridge Street
3.00 km (1.86 mi)
Guelph Woolwich Street
Woodlawn Road.
2.55 km (1.58 mi)
Wellington North (Arthur) Smith Street
George Street
1.90 km (1.18 mi)
Wellington North (Mount Forest) Main Street
Market Street
2.65 km (1.65 mi)
NEMI (Little Current) Meredith Street East
Manitowaning Road
1.60 km (0.99 mi)
Espanola Centre Avenue 4.10 km (2.55 mi)
Highway 6 / Highway 10 Owen Sound Highways 6/10
9th Avenue East
1.20 km (0.75 mi)
Highway 6 / Highway 21 Owen Sound Highways 6/21
10th Avenue West
2.65 km (1.65 mi)
Highway 7 Halton Hills (Acton) Queen Street
Young Street
Mill Street
Main Street
2.80 km (1.74 mi)
Halton Hills (Georgetown) Guelph Street
Main Street
5.10 km (3.17 mi)
Stratford Erie Street 4.00 km (2.49 mi)
Guelph Woodlawn Road
Wellington Street
Wyndham Street
York Road
10.00 km (6.21 mi)
Marmora and Lake Matthew Street 1.30 km (0.81 mi)
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen (Havelock) Ottawa Street 1.90 km (1.18 mi)
Kawartha Lakes (Omemee) King Street 2.35 km (1.46 mi)
Highway 7 / Highway 8 Stratford Ontario Street 3.25 km (2.02 mi)
Highway 8 Central Huron (Clinton) Huron Street
Ontario Street
2.10 km (1.30 mi)
Goderich Toronto Street
Huron Road
Elgin Avenue
2.10 km (1.30 mi)
Huron East (Seaforth) Goderich Street 1.45 km (0.90 mi)
Stratford Huron Street 2.55 km (1.58 mi)
West Perth (Mitchell) Ontario Road
Huron Road
2.90 km (1.80 mi)
Highway 9 South Bruce (Mildmay) Elora Street 1.85 km (1.15 mi)
Minto (Clifford) Elora Street 1.75 km (1.09 mi)
Minto (Harriston) Elora Street 0.80 km (0.50 mi)
Highway 10 Shelburne Owen Sound Street 1.20 km (0.75 mi)
Grey Highlands (Markdale) Toronto Street 1.45 km (0.90 mi)
Grey Highlands (Flesherton) Sydenham Street
Toronto Street
0.55 km (0.34 mi)
Highway 10 / Highway 89 Shelburne Main Street 0.95 km (0.59 mi)
Highway 11 Hearst Front Street (west of Sixth Street) 1.75 km (1.09 mi)
Kapuskasing Government Road (Clear Lake Road westerly to Bonnieview Road) 6.80 km (4.23 mi)
Fort Frances Scott Street
Rainy River Colonization Road
Mill Road
4.75 km (2.95 mi)
Rainy River Atwood Avenue 2.70 km (1.68 mi)
Highway 11 / Highway 71 Fort Frances Kings Highway
Rainy River Colonization Road
Third Avenue
Central Avenue
Church Street
4.30 km (2.67 mi)
Highway 15 Smiths Falls Lombard Street
Beckwith Street
Elmsley Street
Cornelia Street
Union Street
4.65 km (2.89 mi)
Highway 17 Blind River Causley Street (west of Lot 11/12 Concession 1 Stricker) 4.35 km (2.70 mi)
Sault Ste. Marie Trunk Road
Black Road
Second Line East
Great Northern Road
19.40 km (12.05 mi)
West Nipissing (Sturgeon Falls) Front Street (west of Coursol Road) 2.40 km (1.49 mi)
Dryden Government Road
Grand Trunk Avenue
4.70 km (2.92 mi)
Highway 19 Tillsonburg Broadway Street
Oxford Street
Simcoe Street
Vienna Street
5.45 km (3.39 mi)
Highway 21 Saugeen Shores (Port Elgin) Goderich Street 4.25 km (2.64 mi)
Saugeen Shores (Southampton) Albert Street
Railway Street
5.55 km (3.45 mi)
Goderich Victoria Street
Bayfield Road
Britannia Road
2.55 km (1.58 mi)
Lambton Shores (Forest) Main Street
King Street
3.55 km (2.21 mi)
Lambton Shores (Grand Bend) Ontario Street 3.00 km (1.86 mi)
Highway 23 North Perth (Listowel) Main Street
Wallace Avenue
2.45 km (1.52 mi)
West Perth (Mitchell) Blanshard Road
Saint George Street
2.10 km (1.30 mi)
Minto (Harriston) Arthur Street 0.65 km (0.40 mi)
Highway 24 Brantford King George Road 2.30 km (1.43 mi)
Norfolk (Simcoe) Norfolk Street 2.55 km (1.58 mi)
Highway 26 Barrie Bayfield Street 2.40 km (1.49 mi)
Clearview (Stayner) King Street
Main Street
2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Collingwood Lakeshore Street
Front Street
First Street
Huron Street
Hume Street
Pretty River Parkway
11.10 km (6.90 mi)
The Blue Mountains (Thornbury) Arthur Street
King Street
2.40 km (1.49 mi)
Meaford Sykes Street 3.45 km (2.14 mi)
Owen Sound Highway 26
16th Street East
2.90 km (1.80 mi)
Highway 28 Bancroft Monck Road
Bridge Street
3.85 km (2.39 mi)
Highway 33 Loyalist Township (Bath) Main Street 2.75 km (1.71 mi)
Prince Edward (Picton) Main Street
Bridge Street
2.70 km (1.68 mi)
Highway 34 Champlain (Vankleek Hill) High Street
Queen Street
1.30 km (0.81 mi)
Hawkesbury McGill Street
Main Street East
John Street
2.25 km (1.40 mi)
Highway 37 Tweed (Tweed) Bridgewater Road
Victoria Street
Georgetown Street
2.10 km (1.30 mi)
Highway 40 Chatham-Kent (Chatham) Grand Avenue East
Saint Clair Street
7.60 km (4.72 mi)
Chatham-Kent (Wallaceburg) Dufferin Avenue
McNaughton Avenue
Murray Street
4.20 km (2.61 mi)
Highway 41 Bonnechere Valley (Eganville) Bridge Street
Queen Street
Patrick Street Alice Street
1.20 km (0.75 mi)
Highway 41 / Highway 60 Bonnechere Valley (Eganville) Bonnechere Street 0.80 km (0.50 mi)
Highway 41 / Highway 148 Pembroke Pembroke Street East
McKay Street River Road
Muskrat Drive
Olympic Drive
6.15 km (3.82 mi)
Highway 60 Bonnechere Valley (Eganville) Bonnechere Street
Cobden Road
1.30 km (0.81 mi)
Madawaska Valley (Barry's Bay) Opeongo Road 1.40 km (0.87 mi)
Highway 60 / Highway 132 Renfrew O'Brien Street
Coumbes Street
Raglan Street
Stewart Street (Highway 60 only)
Lisgar Avenue (Highway 132 only)
Munro Avenue (Highway 132 only)
6.80 km (4.23 mi)
Highway 62 Bancroft Mill Street
Hastings Street
7.25 km (4.50 mi)
Belleville North Front Street 2.80 km (1.74 mi)
Centre Hastings (Madoc) Russell Street
St. Lawrence Street
Durham Street
2.00 km (1.24 mi)
Prince Edward (Bloomfield) Stanley Street Main Street 2.80 km (1.74 mi)
Highway 63 North Bay Trout Lake Road (Highways 11/17 east to Lee's Road) 3.35 km (2.08 mi)
Highway 64 West Nipissing (Sturgeon Falls) Ottawa Street (north of Highway 17) 1.70 km (1.06 mi)
Highway 66 Kirkland Lake Government Road (east of Goldthorpe Drive) 3.70 km (2.30 mi)
Highway 89 Innisfil (Cookstown) Queen Street
Church Street
1.30 km (0.81 mi)
New Tecumseth (Alliston) Young Street
King Street
Victoria Street
5.30 km (3.29 mi)
Shelburne Main Street 0.65 km (0.40 mi)
Minto (Harriston) Arthur Street 0.50 km (0.31 mi)
Wellington North (Mount Forest) Queen Street 3.15 km (1.96 mi)
Highway 101 Wawa (Michipicoten) Mission Road
Main Street
1.30 km (0.81 mi)
Timmins (Porcupine) Harold Avenue (west of former railway crossing in Porcupine)
Algonquin Boulevard
Riverside Drive (east to Kamiskotia Road)
21.35 km (13.27 mi)
Black River-Matheson Fourth Avenue 0.65 km (0.40 mi)
Highway 108 Elliot Lake Highway 108 (Esten Drive South north past Timber Road) 5.80 km (3.60 mi)
Highway 118 Dysart et al Sunnyside Street
Maple Street
Mountain Street
Pine Street
1.15 km (0.71 mi)
Highway 129 Thessalon Wharncliffe Road (north of Highway 17) 0.87 km (0.54 mi)
Highway 138 Cornwall Brookdale Avenue 0.95 km (0.59 mi)
Cornwall Route to Seaway International Bridge 3.80 km (2.36 mi)
Highway 420 Niagara (Niagara Falls) From Stanley Avenue to Rainbow Bridge 1.50 km (0.93 mi)
Highway 520 Burk's Falls From South Limit of Burk's Falls to Ryerson Crescent 1.05 km (0.65 mi)
Highway 522 Powassan (Trout Creek) From junction of Highway 522B, southerly to Barrett St 0.55 km (0.34 mi)
Highway 533 Mattawa First Street and Main Street (east of Highway 17) 0.95 km (0.59 mi)
Highway 540 NEMI (Little Current) Meredith Street (Highway 6 to Worthington Street)
Worthington Street (south of Meredith Street)
0.95 km (0.59 mi)
Highway 550 Sault Ste. Marie Second Line West from Great Northern Road westerly 2.21 km (1.37 mi)
Highway 550B Sault Ste. Marie Carmen's Way (Second Line West to Queen Street)
Queen Street (Carmen's Way to Huron Street)
2.88 km (1.79 mi)
Highway 594 Dryden Duke Street
West River Road
Aubrey Road
3.90 km (2.42 mi)
Highway 631 Hornepayne Leslie Avenue (Second Street easterly to Becker Road) 0.80 km (0.50 mi)
Highway 634 Smooth Rock Falls Highway 634 by-pass (Highway 11 northerly to Cloutierville Road) 3.40 km (2.11 mi)

See also


  1. ^ "Law Document English View". 24 July 2014.
  2. ^ "$15M announced for Connecting Link Program – Daily Commercial News". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  3. ^ "Champlain to receive $1.67m for Highway 34 connecting link | the Review". Archived from the original on 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Connecting Links Program 2021-22 Guide" (PDF). Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. September 2021. Retrieved December 20, 2022.

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