OTTAWA, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of
Finance, and Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
of Health and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, on behalf of the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced the creation of a Canada Port Authority
(CPA) to operate the Port of Oshawa.
"Our government recognizes the significant role the Port of Oshawa plays
in the local economy," said Minister Flaherty. "The creation of a Port
Authority in Oshawa provides the certainty for businesses to plan and
invest in our port, which will create jobs and long-term economic
growth. This is a great day for the future of Oshawa and Durham
"Oshawa is one of the few cities that can boast an airport, rail lines,
an open water port and 400-series highways, making Oshawa and the
region a great place to invest," said MP Carrie. "It's wonderful for
the future of Oshawa and our region."
Currently the only remaining Harbour Commission in Canada and
strategically located at the eastern edge of the Greater Toronto Area,
the port serves a range of industries that are dependent on reliable,
cost-effective marine transportation. The transition to port authority
status will allow the port to more fully pursue commercial
opportunities, while taking into account input from port users and
other stakeholders such as the local community.
"This announcement is the culmination of the dedication, vision and hard
work of many people, and marks a milestone in the life of the port by
providing our current and prospective port users with the certainty
needed for continued growth and investment," said Gary Valcour,
chairman of the board of directors of the Oshawa Harbour Commission.
"By honouring its promise to create a Port Authority in Oshawa, the
government is recognizing the important role ports play in Canada's
economy and that of Durham Region."
The creation of a CPA is consistent with the objectives of the
Government of Canada's National Marine Policy, which seeks to improve
the efficiency of Canadian marine transportation by managing Canada's
major marine infrastructure in a commercial manner. CPAs operate at
arm's length from the federal government and are directed by an
independent board of directors. This model makes Canada's major ports
commercially efficient, allowing them to remain competitive in the
The transition of the port to a CPA is the latest in a series of
government actions to support an efficient, competitive national ports
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For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Transport Canada, Ottawa