Ashcroft, BC — Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced that B.C.’s Ashcroft Terminal will receive $9.2 million for infrastructure improvements.
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors,” said Garneau during a visit to the site on Wednesday. “We are supporting projects that will efficiently move commercial goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”
This project is broken into several areas. In one area, a new rail link will be built from Ashcroft Terminal to Canadian National Railway’s main rail line. This expansion will provide producers and shippers additional options at Ashcroft Terminal to improve efficiency in shipping their goods to market.
In another area, extra rail track will be built to allow rail cars to be parked and assembled into longer trains to serve Canadian producers and shippers. The additional track infrastructure will support the movement and storage of rail cars to enhance fluidity through Canada’s Pacific Gateway Corridor.
An internal road network will be built that includes a two-way road under the rail line. This grade separation will ensure that rail and truck operations do not interfere with each other thereby increasing safety. This grade separation will also increase the operational efficiency of Ashcroft Terminal. The construction of a multi-commodity and storage warehouse will support natural resource producers, allowing them improved access to domestic and international markets.
(L to R): Jati Sidhu, MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon; Kleo Landucci, Managing Director, Ashcroft Terminal; and Marc Garneau, Federal Minister of Transport
Other works will include increasing electrical capacity, installing water treatment infrastructure, and installing lighting and security enhancements to provide safe and secure operations. The project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating over 250 jobs during construction.
“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies,” stated Jati Sidhu, MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon. “The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints at the Port of Vancouver and fostering long-term prosperity for our community.”