Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

February 03, 2015 10:11 ET

Harper Government Invests $9.4 Million in Renovations to Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 3, 2015) - Public Works and Government Services Canada

Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, that the Government of Canada has awarded a $9.4-million contract to The State Group Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario. Following a fair, open and transparent process, this contract was awarded to start a major construction project at the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge to replace key components of the bridge lift system.

The four-lane bridge spans the Burlington Bay Canal, which connects Lake Ontario to the Port of Hamilton. The bridge is not only a highway link between Burlington and Hamilton for daily commuters, but its lift function allows both commercial marine and pleasure craft traffic to move freely between Lake Ontario and the Port of Hamilton.

This project underlines the Harper Government's commitment to ensuring that important infrastructure continues to provide value to taxpayers while helping Canada's economy. Investing in infrastructure like Burlington Canal Life Bridge will provide accessible transit options, create jobs and encourage economic growth.

Our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. In fact, over the next decade we will invest $75 billion in public infrastructure from coast to coast. These unprecedented investments, the most significant in our country's history, will help reduce commuting times for Canadian families, while enhancing our economic productivity and creating jobs and economic growth across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1962, the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge has been operated more than 200,000 times, allowing the passage of over 340,000 vessels. On a yearly basis, the bridge is operated approximately 4,000 times, allowing around 6,500 vessels to pass through the canal, including more than 1,000 cargo-carrying vessels.

  • The bridge is a local route for commercial and non-commercial vehicles travelling between the east side of Burlington and Hamilton and is used by cyclists and pedestrians as well. It is also the shortest alternative route for traffic on the Queen Elizabeth Way when the Burlington Skyway Bridge is closed.

  • The installation of the new drives, controls and overhead cables on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge will be completed during regularly scheduled winter shutdown periods, allowing the bridge to serve marine traffic normally during the navigation season.

  • Construction will take place over winter 2015 and winter 2016 during the regular periods of closure for the Burlington Canal. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2016.


"Our Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for the benefit of all Canadians. Through this $9.4-million project, we are creating jobs and long-term prosperity in southern Ontario, while providing accessible transit options."

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

"The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is an important piece of infrastructure serving the cities of Hamilton and Burlington and surrounding communities. This project is ensuring the highest standards of safety for the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge for the benefits of the community and industry for many more years."

Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington.

Associated Links

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge website

Tender notice for the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge controls, drives and cables project

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Contact Information

  • Marcel Poulin
    Office of the Honourable Diane Finley

    Media Relations
    Public Works and Government Services Canada