Jacques Cartier Bridge

History of the toll at Jacques Cartier Bridge

Since its inauguration, users had to pay to cross the Jacques Cartier Bridge and only cash was accepted. Later, it was possible to raise toll fees, valid for the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges. Tolls existed for decades and were abolished in 1962.

Automatic Toll System

On September 8, 1959, toll collectors were replaced by an automatic toll system in an attempt to improve traffic movement and control of the money.

The toll charges of the time:

  • Pedestrian, 15 cents
  • Cyclist, 15 cents
  • Motorcyclist, 25 cents
  • Automobile (for vehicle and driver), 25 cents and 15 cents per passenger
  • Bus, 80 cents to $1.00 (depending on the category of bus)
  • Truck, 25 cents to $1.50 (depending on the category of truck)
  • Animal-drawn vehicle, 15-60 cents (depending on whether it was drawn by one, two, three or four animals, and whether or not it carried any passengers)
  • Oil tank pulled by two animals, 60 cents
  • Vehicle pulled by a dog or goat, 15 cents
  • Animals (alone or in herds), 3-15 cents per animal (depending on the species)
  • Wheelbarrow, 15 cents
  • Free for children five and under

The toll was abolished on June 1, 1962 at 3 pm.

The toll had been in place since the bridge opened in 1930. Since then, the toll collectors’ building has been used as the main office for Jacques Cartier and Champlain bridges maintenance personnel.