Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

November 28, 2009 16:30 ET

Canada and Prince Rupert Port Authority Announce Three New Infrastructure Projects

Stimulus funding will create jobs, stimulate regional economy

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2009) - John Weston, the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, and Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, today announced three new infrastructure projects valued at just over $3 million to help the Prince Rupert Port Authority upgrade, repair and renovate existing infrastructure.

"Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Harper, recognizes the importance of supporting infrastructure initiatives that will boost local economies and help keep Canadians working," said MP Weston. "We are working together with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to accelerate these infrastructure projects in order to create local jobs and improve the transportation and flow of goods."

Krusel noted, "These infrastructure projects are addressing critical issues that impact the integrity of port operations and services, while supporting the continued growth and expansion of the port as a strategic gateway for Canada. We appreciate the Federal Government's financial support, which will help us complete these projects in a more timely and effective manner."

Today's announcement represents a contribution of over $1.5 million from the Government of Canada. The Prince Rupert Port Authority will pick up the remaining costs. The funding is being delivered through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund was introduced by the Government of Canada in collaboration with all levels of government to support infrastructure projects across Canada that will be completed by March 31, 2011.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan includes a vast array of initiatives to help to stimulate the economy, create jobs, build consumer confidence, and assist Canadians when they need it most during this global economic recession. Infrastructure programs are one important element of this plan.


BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT

On November 28, 2009, the Government of Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced three infrastructure projects to upgrade, repair and renovate existing infrastructure at the Port of Prince Rupert. The three projects are valued at just over $3 million.

Atlin Terminal Building

This $2 million project will receive approximately $1 million in federal funding. It will be used for repairs and seismic upgrading to the substructure to extend the economic life of the historic Terminal, originally built in the 1920s as a fish processing plant. Work will also be done to the main floor to improve the viability of the Atlin Terminal and enhance services for cruise passengers visiting Prince Rupert. In addition, the funding will enhance efficiencies in security operations at the Port of Prince Rupert by renovating the upper floor of the terminal to create a Security Command Centre and centralize all security staff in one location.

Port Edward Water Supply

This $500,000 project will receive $250,000 in federal funding to construct a one-kilometre pipeline to connect into the District of Port Edward water supply. This will secure the water supply for existing port related operations on Ridley Island, while creating capacity to support the continued development and build out of the Ridley Island Industrial Site. These improvements will reduce the risk of potentially shutting down operations as a result of water shortage and the high cost associated with emergency response to water supply failure.

Ridley Island Culvert Replacement

This $500,000 project will receive $250,000 in federal funding to replace 340 metres of eroding culverts along the Ridley Island Causeway, which was built in 1982. Due to the large volumes of water that flow through these culverts at a high velocity, the culverts have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced.

In 2009, the Government of Canada introduced the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as part of its Economic Action Plan to get shovels in the ground and projects completed by March 31, 2011. The fund's success is a result of partnerships between the federal, provincial and local governments and others, who are working together to fund projects and get the work underway.

For further information on the Government of Canada's infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and
    Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Prince Rupert Port Authority
    Barry Bartlett
    Manager Corporate Communications
    Ph. 250-627-2509
    Cell: 250-627-9693