The Government of Canada has announced a major investment of $17 million to increase container capacity at the Port of Belledune.
According to a statement, the injection of funds will help Canada to transport its goods more efficiently via international markets, as well creating quality, middle-class jobs and supporting economic growth.
The expansion includes filling in the water gap between Terminals 3 and 4 at Belledune to create a larger berth, boosting the port's ability to move cargo between the terminals, and to and from vessels.
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In addition to this, the project will also create more space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3.
This initiative is also part of the National Trade Corridors Fund, which aims to improve the fluidity and performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada, boosting overseas trade.
Marc Garneau, Canadian Minister of Transport, said: “Our government is investing in Canada's economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors.
“We are supporting projects to efficiently move 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.”
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Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, also commented: “I am thrilled that this important project is going ahead. Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies.
“These improvements to the Port of Belledune will increase transportation options for the community, help businesses get more products to market, and create quality jobs.
“This investment demonstrates that our government appreciates how important our port is to the continuing prosperity of our region and country.”