The new Champlain Bridge: Government of Canada asks Canadians for their views on modifying the name

News release

Montreal, Quebec, September 7, 2018 – The Government of Canada is proud to recognize many of this country’s most important historical figures by naming federal infrastructure in their honour. In Montreal, three federally-owned bridges – the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Honoré Mercier Bridge and the Champlain Bridge – pay tribute to important figures whose contributions helped shape Quebec and Canada.

As work progresses on the replacement for the Champlain Bridge, Infrastructure Canada has consulted with experts and stakeholders to evaluate support for the idea of naming the new bridge Samuel De Champlain Bridge.

This consultative process was launched following requests received from residents and stakeholders in the Montreal region to modify the name of the bridge to add the historical figure’s first name. This change would align with naming conventions for infrastructure that favour the use of the first and last name of a historical figure.

As the next step in this consultative process, the Government of Canada invites the public to provide their feedback on this proposal. Comments will be accepted from September 7 to 21, 2018.

Infrastructure Canada will then compile and review this information together with feedback from its consultations with stakeholder groups and publish the results on its website.

Comments may be submitted electronically to Infrastructure Canada via email to this address or sent by mail to:

Infrastructure Canada, Major Bridges
180, Kent Street, 10th floor,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 0B6


“I encourage all Montreal residents and all Canadians to provide their insight into this proposal to name the new bridge the Samuel De Champlain Bridge. This new bridge will be a lasting legacy of Canadian innovation and design and its name should also be a source of pride.”

The Honourable François‑Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

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Brook Simpson
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Tel.: 613-219-0149

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Twitter: @INFC_fra
Website: Infrastructure Canada

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