Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

July 09, 2009 10:02 ET

Canada Invests in the Future of the Port of Trois-Rivieres

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada will contribute up to $5.9 million to implement Phase 1 of "On Course for 2020", the modernization plan of the Trois-Rivieres Port Authority.

"Our contribution to the modernization of the port is a tangible example of our Government's commitment to accelerate investments in infrastructure and demonstrates our government's commitment to the economic development of Trois-Rivieres," said Minister Paradis. "This Government of Canada investment will permit the creation of jobs here in Trois-Rivieres and will also help to stimulate the regional economy."

The Port of Trois-Rivieres is key to the economies of the region and the province of Quebec, but also on a wider scale, in the context of North American and international trade. The federal contribution of up to $5.9 million to the project targets local economic recovery in the short term, but also has considerable potential in terms of ongoing support for economic activity.

"In 2007, Canada put forward a trade and corridor policy to strengthen the country's competitiveness in world trade and to promote more environmentally friendly and economical domestic transportation," declared Mr. Gaetan Boivin, President and Director General of the Trois-Rivieres Port Authority. "Because it fully understands the role that an inter-hub port has in corridors, the government has acted quickly by providing the necessary tools to port authorities, in particular by modernizing marine laws and adapting its programs. The recent addition of stimulus funds will enable us to accelerate our investments and to prepare for the economic upturn."

The investment from the Government of Canada of Canada will be provided through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The total cost of the project is close to $14.8 million.

The work is intended to improve port and intermodal operations, increase warehousing capacity and enhance integration of the port into the urban environment of Trois-Rivieres. In addition, access to the port will be altered so as to improve security and reduce impacts on the surrounding area, and a new public access to the river will be created.

The new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, announced in the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, targets projects across Canada for which construction can begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

For further information on the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For further information on investments in infrastructure, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities of Canada
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148