THE PORT OF QUÉBEC SALUTES THE NEW STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN CANADA: TRANSPORT 2030
QUÉBEC, November 3, 2016 – President and CEO Mario Girard welcomes the strategy for the future of transportation, Transport 2030, which was presented this morning to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal by the Honourable Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. The strategy is based on five fundamental themes, including maritime transport, and aims to promote economic growth in Canada.
The implementation of the Transport 2030 strategy includes a budget of $10.1 billion to stimulate growth and create jobs in the maritime industry. This investment will allow our trade corridors to become more competitive. The Port was assured that this strategy will provide leverage for its expansion project, Beauport 2020, and position it advantageously to capture new business opportunities created by the continuing growth of maritime trade.
“The Minister of Transport’s plan propels the foundation of Canada’s economic growth using our vital network of waterways and ports. This is an ambitious and promising plan for the industry as the government aims to lead the way in terms of maritime transport corridors that are competitive, safe and economically viable. It is certainly a strategy that, combined with our development efforts, will promote the region and the country’s economic growth. This approach, which combines sustainable development and economic growth, holds a promising future for all Canadian port cities and highlights the importance the government attaches to the maritime industry,” said Mr. Girard.
The Port of Québec has a one-of-a-kind strategic advantage in this country thanks to its 15 m water depth at low tide, full intermodality and strategic positioning that allows it to be an international trade platform for Canada thanks to its access to the Great Lakes market. The Port is a major maritime hub in the St. Lawrence / Great Lakes Corridor, and its activities generate over 13,252 direct and indirect jobs across Canada according to the latest study from KPMG conducted on behalf of the Port of Québec in 2016. Each commercial ship docked at the port injects an average of $600,000 into the economy, primarily in the Québec region.
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