The Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at the Port of Montréal to move Canadian goods to market

News release

The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth.

April 13, 2018    Montréal, Quebec    Transport Canada         

The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors is key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced a major investment of $18.4 million for the Port of Montréal that will help local businesses compete by moving commercial goods to market, and create more jobs for the middle class.

This project will optimize the Port of Montréal’s rail network capacity, particularly in the port’s interchange zone. The work is expected to include relocating underground and above-ground infrastructure, relocating and constructing the port’s new road, and building new rail lines. This work will eliminate bottlenecks, while increasing the flow of rail traffic and the Port of Montréal’s competitiveness. The Optimisation du réseau intermodal Project is a project of the Montréal Port Administration in partnership with the Ministère des transports du Québec.

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s continued success in international trade.  For example, projects being funded will:

  • support economic activity and the physical movement of goods or people in Canada;
  • help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and make sure it is able to support new technologies and innovation;
  • address transportation bottlenecks and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors; and
  • increase the fluidity of Canadian trade around the world through our ports, airports, roads, railways, intermodal facilities, bridges and border crossings.

Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations, federal Crown Corporations, Canadian Port Authorities, and National Airport System Airport Authorities are all eligible for funding under the National trade Corridors Fund.

Moving goods more efficiently across supply chains allows Canadian businesses to reduce their costs and transit times, allowing them to better compete and create jobs for middle-class Canadians. This is why the Government of Canada is launching a one-stop transportation data hub providing Canadians and transportation partners an easy access to high quality, accurate and timely data on transportation such as traffic, performance and capacity. This hub will be part of the new Canadian Centre on Transportation Data announced in July 2017.

For more information about the National Trade Corridors Fund please visit


“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. 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 Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies. The investment announced here today will make our transportation system stronger by addressing urgent capacity constraints at the Port of Montréal and fostering long-term prosperity for our community.”

David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Member of Parliament for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun

Quick facts

  • Canada’s trade with the Pacific Rim is no longer limited to the west coast: in 2006, trade with Asia in 2006 was a small part of the Port of Montréal’s market, by 2016, it represented 25 per cent of traffic at the port. This project will improve the efficiency and capacity of the Port of Montreal and the connected trade corridor, to strengthen Canada’s competitiveness.

  • Transportation is an important element of Canada’s trade with other countries. In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1.107 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada’s top trade partner, with $702.9 billion in trade ($414.9 billion exported, $288.0 billion imported), accounting for 63.5 per cent of total Canadian trade in 2017.

  • The Government of Canada places a strong emphasis on exports because of the connection between trade and good, well-paying jobs, as industries that are export-intensive pay wages that are, on average, more than 50 per cent higher than industries that are not.

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Delphine Denis
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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