The Government of Canada announces the Environmental Assessment Decision for the Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project

News release

March 1st, 2021 — Ottawa — Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

The Government of Canada is working to protect the environment while growing the economy and creating good jobs for Canadians.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced that the proposed Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project can proceed. The project located approximately 40 kilometres downstream from Montreal will allow the proponent to accommodate vessels between 39,000 and 75,400 deadweight tonnage (DWT) as well as increasing its annual container handling capacity. The proponent, the Montreal Port Authority, estimates that the project would create approximately 5,000 jobs during the construction phase and generate just over 1,000 direct jobs during the operations phase.

The decision on the project follows a thorough, science-based environmental assessment process, which concluded it is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account.

The Minister's decision statement sets out 330 legally binding conditions that the proponent will have to comply with throughout the life of the project. These conditions include measures to protect human health, fish and fish habitat, migratory birds, wetlands, First Nations use of land and resources, natural and cultural heritage and species at risk.

The proponent can now proceed with obtaining any additional authorizations and permits from federal departments.


"The Government of Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. Through project assessments based on science and consultations with Indigenous peoples and the public, we are able to protect our water and air, while supporting our communities."

— The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"The Port of Montreal is essential to Canada's prosperity. It is a key gateway to North America and plays a strategic role in Canada's economic growth. This project will contribute to the creation of good jobs for Canadians, while respecting existing environmental regulations."

— The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

Quick facts

  • The project consist in the construction of a container port terminal with a maximum annual capacity of 1.15 million containers on the Montreal Port property located in Contrecoeur. The project would also include a seven-track classification yard, a container storage and handling area, an intermodal rail yard, support facilities, rail and road accesses and a truck control area.

  • The project decision takes into account meaningful consultation with First Nations, public comments and scientific knowledge.

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Moira Kelley
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Media Relations
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

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