By Andrew Snook
Transport Canada recently announced it will invest $7.5 million into a project at the Port of Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay, Ont., that will improve the port’s infrastructure.
The project will include adding tracks and laydown areas for cargo staging and transshipment to respond to increased demand, and building a 4,645-sq.-m. multi-purpose heated facility to suit requirements of terminal users, according to a recent statement from Transport Canada.
“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.”
The project is designed to reduce bottlenecks and capacity constraints while offering shippers more options for meeting their requirements; and improve the port’s resiliency to “a changing climate and its adaptability to new technologies and future innovation.”
“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies,” stated Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North Patty Hajdu, at the time of the announcement. “The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints at the Port of Thunder Bay and fostering long-term prosperity for our community.”