CORNWALL, Ont.–The Cornwall Port Facility has been transferred to theCity of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. The transfer agreement includes a contribution of$5,326,457from the Government ofCanada to cover operational costs and to maintain the Port’s infrastructure.
The transferred port facility is located in the South Central area of theCity of Cornwall on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. This divested property totals 7.93 hectares and consists of an upland area located at the north shore of the St.Lawrence, as well as an adjoining waterlot. The Cornwall Port Facility also includes a wharf mainly used for commercial activities, said the release.
The Cornwall Port Facility is the final port to be divested under Transport Canada’s former Port Divestiture Program. Building on the success of this Program, the new Ports Asset Transfer Program was launched inApril 2015to facilitate the transfer of the remaining 50 port facilities in Transport Canada’s inventory to local interests.
“This transfer agreement provides an exciting opportunity for theCity of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to operate the Port ofCornwall. As the new co-owners, they are now in a position to collectively manage this valuable asset in a manner that best suits the community and responds to local needs,” said the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
“The transfer of the Port ofCornwall signals a new era of cooperation and collaboration between our two communities. By taking ownership of the Port, we will collectively oversee the future use of a key piece of our waterfront,” said Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Mayor ofCornwall.
“This milestone in our partnership with theCity of Cornwall and Transport Canada is a model for other Indigenous and non Indigenous Communities to strive towards. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to create additional opportunities for both our communities,” said Grand ChiefAbram Benedict, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.