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Chrysler375Freeway:
So the only unified highway system in Canada is the TCH. Why does Canada not have unified Federal highway systems, such as Motorways/Autoroutes (like the American Interstate, French Autoroute, or British Motorway systems) and Federal Highways (like the U.S. highways)? Why is the TCH the only unified highway system? Why do they not have federal highway systems like the Interstate Highway System and U.S. Highway System?

JayhawkCO:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Highway_System_(Canada)

Chris

ghYHZ:
Canada does have a core system of National Highways that the Federal Government contributes funding for but under the division of powers in the constitution.....highways fall under Provincial and Territorial jurisdiction......not Ottawa.

https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/nhs_2007.pdf

Also scroll to this topic just below here (not exactly answering your question but some similar info)

"Why doesn't the Trans Canadian (Canada) Highway serve Toronto"

https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=29560.0

 

andrepoiy:
And the TCH isn't even really taken seriously in Ontario in Quebec. They're just tacked onto existing provincial freeways and they are NOT posted at junctions (in Ontario at least).

I'd say that the reason we don't have US Routes or Interstate equivalents is simply because of geography.

Canada's population is heavily concentrated on the southern border so the population is more wide than tall. Also, population is concentrated instead  of being relatively spread out across the country. Thus, it's not really that beneficial to have a national system and provincial systems do just fine.

There's only one major road that crosses the Ontario-Manitoba border, so that just tells you how unevenly distributed the population is.

Alps:

--- Quote from: andrepoiy on October 19, 2021, 05:56:58 PM ---And the TCH isn't even really taken seriously in Ontario in Quebec. They're just tacked onto existing provincial freeways and they are NOT posted at junctions (in Ontario at least).

I'd say that the reason we don't have US Routes or Interstate equivalents is simply because of geography.

Canada's population is heavily concentrated on the southern border so the population is more wide than tall. Also, population is concentrated instead  of being relatively spread out across the country. Thus, it's not really that beneficial to have a national system and provincial systems do just fine.

There's only one major road that crosses the Ontario-Manitoba border, so that just tells you how unevenly distributed the population is.


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They're not taken seriously in ON and QC but they are much more outside there.

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