The Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure improvements at the Port of Prince Rupert to help move Canadian goods to market
“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 Prince Rupert and fostering long-term prosperity for our community.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour
“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
Canadian National railway connects Prince Rupert to North America through its ‘coast-to-coast-to-coast’ rail network—5.8 kilometres of on-dock rail capacity provides for fast and efficient train loading and unloading operations.
In 2017, the Port of Prince Rupert handled 24 million tons of cargo, representing over $35 billion worth of international trade. The Port has six terminals that ship vital Canadian exports such as grain, steelmaking coal, forest products, biofuel, and many other products via both bulk and containerized transportation modes.
Transportation is an important element of Canada’s trade with other countries. In 2017, total international merchandise trade amounted to $1.1 trillion. The United States continued to be Canada’s top trade partner, with $703 billion in trade ($415 billion exported, $288 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.
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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