Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

December 18, 2009 12:36 ET

Federal Contribution for Transport Pontiac-Renfrew

An investment of up to $136,000 under the National Infrastructure Knowledge Component of the Building Canada Fund

PORTAGE-DU-FORT, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister responsible for the Outaouais and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, is pleased to announce today that the Government of Canada will provide Transport Pontiac-Renfrew with a contribution for a feasibility study under the National Infrastructure Knowledge Component (NIKC) of the Building Canada Fund (BCF).

This study will include a business case on the feasibility of a commuter train service between the regional county municipality of Pontiac, Renfrew County, and the City of Ottawa.

"This project to assess the feasibility of a commuter train service linking the regional county municipality of Pontiac (in Quebec) and Renfrew County (in Ontario) to the City of Ottawa, to be carried out by Transport Pontiac-Renfrew, will contribute to the future development of this region. By investing in this study, our government can better plan transport solutions so that families benefit from quality infrastructure and the regional economy develops, particularly in tourism. Thus, we create world-class infrastructure for Canada through applied research."

The total cost of the project is estimated at $272,000. The Government of Canada will provide a contribution of up to 50% of the total eligible costs of the project, for a maximum federal contribution of $136,000. Transport Pontiac-Renfrew, a non-profit community organization, will assume the remaining costs.

The federal government contribution will come from the Feasibility and Planning Studies subcomponent of the NIKC-BCF, which aims to support collaborative feasibility and planning studies on public infrastructure projects.

Additional information

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BACKGROUNDER

Federal Contribution for Transport Pontiac-Renfrew

The total estimated cost of a business case on the feasibility of the commuter train service is $272,000. The Government of Canada will provide a contribution of up to 50% of the total eligible project costs, for a maximum federal contribution of $136,000. Transport Pontiac-Renfrew, a non-profit community organization, will assume the remaining costs.

The business case will:

- review the state of the tracks, freight network and transportation operations;

- assess client needs and the commercial potential;

- identify the goals, objectives and strategic success indicators of the project;

- determine the revenue forecasts, estimated costs and the budget allocated to the freight and tourism components;

- develop an operational and maintenance plan;

- review the benefits to the environment and society, as well as the issues involved;

- develop a marketing plan;

- identify implementation issues (e.g, regulatory issues, safety concerns, insurance, governance, operational structure);

- identify the project's state of readiness and its benefits;

- conduct a risk assessment; and

- identify potential issues associated with freight traffic and the integration of passenger services.

The contribution of the federal government will be under the Feasibility and Planning Studies sub-component of the National Infrastructure Knowledge Component (NIKC) of the Building Canada Fund (BCF), which aims to support collaborative feasibility and planning studies on public infrastructure projects.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148