OTTAWA, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of
the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Ed
Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Asia-Pacific Gateway, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for
Nanaimo—Alberni, and Mr. Robert Bennie, Chair of Nanaimo Port
Authority, today announced funding for a short-sea shipping project in
British Columbia, further bolstering Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Initiative (APGCI).
"Our government is proud to support job-creating short-sea shipping
projects in British Columbia," said Minister Van Loan. "Projects such
as this one are not only important for Vancouver Island and British
Columbia, they also support our greater Asia-Pacific Gateway
transportation network and help increase our exports to fast-growing
Asian markets. Investments like these have made Canada the 'Gateway of
Choice' for trade between North America and Asia."
Under APGCI, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $4.65
million to modernize the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf area and rehabilitate
an aging dock that has not been active for over 10 years due to its
"This project will not only enhance the Port's ability to handle
increased volume, in a more efficient manner, creating jobs, growth and
prosperity in our communities," said Dr. Lunney. "It will also reduce
road congestion and travel time for users."
Short-sea shipping is a multi-modal concept. It involves the marine
transportation of passengers and goods that takes place within and
between Canada and the rest of North America, helping to create jobs,
growth and prosperity in local communities.
"The Nanaimo Port Authority is extremely excited with the support from
the federal government for our short-sea shipping initiative that will
establish a direct water link for Vancouver Island importers and
exporters to Asia-Pacific markets. The NPA's long term vision is to
improve and enhance the movement of international cargo for Vancouver
Island," said Mr. Bennie.
The APGCI is a key element of the Government of Canada's pro-trade plan
to open new markets that increase Canadian exports and create jobs and
prosperity. The federal government has invested $1.4 billion in
infrastructure projects worth $3.5 billion in partnership with the four
western provinces, municipalities and the private sector.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Bernie A. Dumas
President & CEO
Nanaimo Port Authority
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