Tolls on the Confederation Bridge will be frozen at current rates in 2023, Transport Canada announced.
The federal department will compensate the bridge operator, Straight Crossing Bridge Limited, to avoid a toll increase due to high inflation.
Valid until 2032, the operating agreement with the government, which owns the infrastructure, provides that the private operator may increase the tolls on January 1 of each year as long as the increase represents less than 75% of the variation in the consumer price index.
For two-axle cars and light trucks, the cost of passage remains at $50.25, while the rate for a motorcycle is $20.
For trucks, there is an additional charge of $8.50 per excess axle.
Transport Canada had also paid $2.7 million to the bridge operator in the summer of 2021 to cover losses due to reduced ridership caused by the pandemic.