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The quality of Canadas transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the countrys trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian companies in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada invests in infrastructure projects that create quality, middle-class jobs and support economic growth.
Today the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Rachel Bendayan, Member of Parliament for Outremont, announced a new and important investment of $18.5 million for a project to increase transport efficiency, capacity, and security by reducing waiting times and bottlenecks for container movements at the Port of Montral.
The project consists of:
an IT system for truck logistics that allows drivers to register for access to the ports terminals, thus increasing the flow of traffic;
building a railway bridge outside the truck entrance to improve truck traffic at the port;
deploying a series of electronic signs on the port lands that will provide real-time information for truck drivers; and
developing an intelligent communications network to reduce truck traffic in the vicinity of the port.
These investments will have important economic benefits for Canadians and will create an estimated 370 jobs during construction.
The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canadas success in international trade. Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors Fund, through projects that:
improve the performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets; and
generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.
Minister Garneau also announced $600,000 in funding for the University of Montreal to assess the impacts of climate change on the Port of Montreals infrastructure and determine its resilience to the effects of climate change.
This funding is a part of Transport Canadas five-year, $16 million Transportation Assets Risk Assessment initiative to better understand climate risks to federally owned transportation assets and potential adaptation solutions.
Our government is investing in the Port of Montrals physical and digital infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canadas transportation networks remain competitive and efficient. The investment at the Port will also help reduce congestion and truck traffic in and around its various terminals.
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
It is vital that climate change and its impact are taken into account to protect our future, and I am proud that our community, through the University of Montreal, contributes to this important project to ensure that the Port of Montreal is well prepared. Our research teams in Outremont will keep working on increasing the resilience to natural and climatic risks of the Port of Montreal.
Member of Parliament for Outremont