May 17, 2010 18:32 ET

Fact Sheet on Detroit River International Crossing Project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) -

Fact Sheet

The Government of Canada is committed to the building of a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit as additional capacity is needed along this corridor to support the anticipated growth in border traffic. The Detroit River International Crossing Project proposed by the Government of Canada is the only proposal to have received all environmental assessment approvals on both sides of the border. 

For example, this proposal has received the necessary Record of Decision as part of the U.S. federal environmental process, and approvals under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

The Ambassador Bridge proposal is currently in need of the following approvals:

Canadian Federal Approvals Required
- Authorization under the International Bridges and Tunnel Act, Section 6
- Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
- Navigable Waters Protection Act
United States Federal Approvals Required
- Bridge Permit by the Coast Guard
- Environmental Impact Statement under National Environmental Protection Act

The Government of Canada is ready to proceed with the building of the crossing and will continue to work closely with the state of Michigan and the U.S. Government to ensure the Detroit River International Crossing Project continues. 

The Canadian Minister of International Trade has recused himself from all discussions relating to the construction of a Detroit-Windsor Border Crossing, given his position as a lawyer in private practice before he entered public life as a Member of Parliament and involvement with the Ambassador Bridge file.

Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    and Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird
    Mark Butler
    Transport Canada, Windsor
    519-257-1722 - cell