Seasonal Loads


Under the Highway Traffic Act, the province enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect Ontario's highways during spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur.

Last Updated: May 23, 2022

Raw Forest Products freeze up period

The Raw Forest products freeze up period is no longer in effect, for all areas.

Restriction on permits

All annual and project overweight permits are not valid on any highways unless otherwise specified on the permit during:

  • March and April in Southern Ontario
  • March, April and May in Northern Ontario

For purposes of this restriction, the province is divided, west to east, by:

  • A line formed by the Severn River to Regional Rd. 169
  • Regional Rd. 169 from Washago to Hwy. 12
  • Hwy. 12, from Regional Rd. 169 to Hwy. 7, north of Sunderland
  • Hwy. 7, from Hwy. 12 to Regional Rd. 7B at Carleton Place
  • Regional Rd. 7B to Hwy. 15
  • Regional Rd. 29 to Arnprior

Single trip permits, for moving of overloads on highways not designated in Schedules 1, 2 and 3, may be issued, but are subject to axle controls established by the Ministry of Transportation.


Reduced Loads

Schedule 1

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways listed in Schedule 1, when appropriate, between March 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022.

None at this time.

Schedule 2

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways listed in Schedule 2, when appropriate, between March 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022.

Effective May 24, 2022 @ 12:01am

When signs are posted, the following Highways will have a Reduced Load Limit for their ENTIRE length:

609
647

When signs are posted, the following Highways will have a Reduced Load Limit for these listed locations:
 
None
 

Schedule 3

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways/Roads listed in Schedule 3, when appropriate, between March 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

Effective May 24, 2022 @ 12:01am

When signs are posted, the Highway/Roads within the following Territories will have a Reduced Load Limit:

NEW LISKEARD AREA

Anima Nipissing
Bayly Marter
Beauchamp
Biscotasing
Bourkes
Bryce
Cane
Cairo & Alma Twp.
Crystal Lake
Eby-Grenfell
Foleyet
Gogama
Henwood
Horwood
Ingram
Lebel (Harvey) Kirkland
Lebel (King) Kirkland
Lorraine Twp.
Marquis
Marter
Mattagami Twp.
Ossian
Otto
Pacaud & Catharine
Robillard
Rainbow Lake Road
Savard
Sheraton & Macklem
Star Lake
Watabeag

COCHRANE AREA

Brower
Casgrain
Coppell/Kendall/Way
Departure Lake
Doyle
Driftwood
Dunning
Fournier
Frederickhouse
Hallebourg
Hanlan
Hunta
Indian-Sand Lake
Kitigan
Nellie Lake (Aurora)
Norembega
Tunis
West Riverside 

THUNDER BAY AREA

Armstrong
Dawson Rd.- Goldie
Devon
Firehill
Forbes
Fowler
Gorham
Hardwick
Hicks Lake
Inwood
Jacques
Lybster
Lyon
Marks
Mountain Bay
Northern Light Lake
Obonga Lake
Perch Lake
Polly Lake
Sibley
Stirling
Strange
Sunset Lake
Upsala
Ware
White Sand Lake

KENORA AREA

Aubrey East
Bears Passage
Big Stone Bay
Blindfold Lake
Britton
Clearwater Lake
Colenso, Redvers E. & Wabigoon E.
Cygnet Lake Rd.
Dance
Ena Lake
Engineer Lake Rd.
Eton
Ghost Lake
Gordon Lake
Inglis Lake
Ingolf
Kendall Inlet
Kenricia
Kingsford
Laclu
Manitou Rapids FN
McCallum Point
McConnell Lake
McIntosh
McKenzie Portage
Melgund
Minaki
Mine Centre
Miscampbell
Mutrie
Nanicost Centre
Nelles
Nickel Lake Shores
Pearson Landing
Pellatt No. 2
Pickerel Lake
Pratt
Red Pine Ridge
Redditt
Reef Point
Rowell
Rugby
Rush Bay-Woodchuck Bay
Sherwood Lake
Southshore
Southwatten
Southworth
Spohn
Spruce Lake Road
Storm Bay
Sutherland
Tannis Lake (Gundy Lake)
Van Horne
Wabigoon Redvers West
Wabigoon South East
Wainwright
War Eagle
West Longbow Lake
Zealand No. 1
Zealand No. 3
 

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