Quebec City, QC — The Federal government announced an investment of $15.5 million from the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) for three projects at the Port of Québec that will help local businesses compete by moving local goods to market and by making improvements to port infrastructure.
The first project is in the Anse au Foulon sector. The infrastructure in this sector was built almost 100 years ago. The port operations that take place there require an efficient transportation network and infrastructure adapted to the needs of export businesses. This project aims at increasing the efficiency of both the existing rail transport infrastructure and the road infrastructure by upgrading them. At the same time, the electrical network and the water system will be upgraded. This port sector holds great potential for the export of Canadian goods.
A second project, in the Estuaire sector of the Port of Québec, will repair the drawbridge structure, motors and gears to give the drawbridge at least 30 years of useful life.
The third project will restore strategic infrastructure in the Anse au Foulon and Beauport sectors of the Port of Québec to address the deterioration of the wharves. The project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating 300 full-time jobs during construction.
“This $15.5 million contribution from the Canadian government is critically important,” said Mario Girard, president and chief executive officer of the Québec Port Authority. “It will allow us to move forward with a major $30 million infrastructure rehabilitation program. This is undoubtedly the most ambitious rehabilitation program our port infrastructure has seen since we were designated a port authority in the late 1990s. In this regard, I want to commend Minister Garneau’s initiative and leadership in establishing the National Trade Corridor Fund. It will enable us to better meet the needs of the Canadian economy and growing global demand for marine transportation while also seizing new business opportunities.”
“The transportation and distribution of goods play a vital role in our local, regional and national economies,” added Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and MP for Québec. “Our government recognizes that investing in our transportation system is critical to growing our communities and creating jobs for the middle class and those who work hard to be part of it. The investment announced today will support the efficient operation of the Port of Québec and promote its prosperity, to the benefit of the Québec City community.”
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors,” stated Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. “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.”