Speed limits on City streets are set according to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act. The default speed limit on roads within the City of Mississauga is 50 kilometres per hour, unless otherwise posted.
The City is making neighbourhood roads safer for all travellers by reducing speed limits in specific areas.
The Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project advances the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, and includes:
Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one third of fatal collisions according to the Ontario Traffic Council.
Lower speeds are proven to reduce the severity of injuries.
Statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that survival rates dramatically increase with lower speeds.
There is a 9 in 10 rate of survival if hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 km/h or lower. At 50 km/hr, the survival rate drops to 1.5 in 10.
The slower a vehicle is travelling the less time it takes to stop and avoid a collision.
Instead of reducing speed limits street by street, neighbourhood area speed limits establish a reduced speed limit for an entire neighbourhood.
The Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project was completed in 2022. It has reduced all neighbourhood speed limits to 40 km/h, with neighbourhood school zones reduced to 30 km/h and designated as Community Safety Zones.
New signs have been installed at the entrances and exits to all neighbourhoods which indicate where the neighbourhood area speed limits are in effect.
Access the interactive map that shows the impacted neighbourhoods.
School Zone speed limits are being reduced from 40 km/h to 30 km/h in residential school zones across Mississauga.
All Schools Zones in neighbourhoods, including elementary and high schools, are being addressed in the same way under this project.
For schools located on most major roads, the speed limit will remain unchanged at this time.
Community safety zones are implemented where public safety is of special concern or where public safety concerns are evident.
Community safety zones should only be established when traffic enforcement is possible, and increased enforcement is both expected and reasonable.
Many set fines, such as speeding and traffic signal related offences, are doubled within community safety zones.
As part of the Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, community safety zones will be established in all local school zones on City roadways. A technical criteria for the application of community safety zones is being developed to guide their future application so that they remain credible and effective.