Rest easy, Ontario investing in truck plazas, including in Bainsville

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“Truck drivers spend long hours moving goods of every type and description on our roadways and we need to ensure they have a modern, safe and welcoming place to stop and rest,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, a provincial news release. “During the pandemic our carriers and drivers have been going above and beyond to get essential goods to market and we truly appreciate their effort, especially during this busy holiday season.” The province said it’s also working with trucking industry partners to raise awareness about human trafficking, in step with Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy. Traffickers are known to use the 400-series highways to move victims across jurisdictions and professionals who work in the trucking industry play a vital role in helping to combat human trafficking. Ontario will be proactively partnering with ONroute to educate the public about the signs of human trafficking and raise awareness about the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline. The information is available online and will be posted at ONroute locations, rest areas, carpool lots and truck inspection stations.

“Raising awareness is a key part of our Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy and the first line of defence against stopping such a horrific crime,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues

Melanie Teed-Murch, chief executive officer of ONroute, expressed support for the government’s plans to increase safety.

“As an essential service and key stop along the 400-series highways, we are pleased to work with the (government) to expand our services and amenities, including adding much-needed parking, to better serve the drivers who keep our economy moving,” Teed-Murch said.

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