Thank you Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Federal Government for your support of St. Catharines! Today, the minister announced an investment of up to $5.2 million, under the National Trade Corridors Fund, for the second phase of the Port Weller Dry Docks Cargo Terminal Project.
An efficient and reliable transportation system is essential to making life more affordable for Canadians and combat the rising cost of living. This project will improve the areas of the port that are being used for the handling of cargo. It will also develop around 11 acres of land that is available, but not being used, from the dockside to the cement trans-loading facility, as well as around the cargo laydown and handling area.
As demand for cement continues to rise, and there is less land for port development, this project will increase capacity in the Niagara ports network. It will also improve transportation connections between Niagara ports, making it easier and more efficient to deliver goods to different markets.
The Government of Canada keeps investing to make the country's supply chain stronger, to boost economic growth and to create more opportunities for our businesses to grow internationally. This represents another long-term commitment to work with stakeholders on important infrastructure projects to address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors.
“On behalf of Heddle Shipyards, I would like to thank the Honorable Minister Alghabra and Transport Canada for their continued support for our maritime economy," says Ted Kirkpatrick, Director of Business Development and Government Relations, Heddle Shipyards.
Kirkpatrick adds this investment in the Port Weller Dry Docks facility will strengthen the local supply chain and promote further growth in the marine industry, which will benefit not just our companies but our regional, provincial and national economies.
“The Government of Canada’s support of the National Trade Corridors Fund is enabling Canadian businesses to be more competitive in the global market while maximizing efficiencies for local users," says Steve Martin, Director of Sales & Business Development, Stubbe’s.