BOUCHERVILLE, QC, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced significant
federal funding to expand and modernize the Lacolle Border Crossing.
"The Government of Canada is proud to invest up to $47 million in
important infrastructure improvements to the Lacolle Border Crossing,
which will have a significant impact for Quebec and will facilitate the
safe, secure and efficient movement of people and trade between Canada
and the U.S.," said Minister Lebel. "With the new Building Canada Plan,
our government is delivering the largest investment in infrastructure
in Canadian history through Economic Action Plan 2013, investments that
create jobs and economic growth, and provide a high quality of life for
families in every city and community across the country."
Critical for Canada-U.S. trade, the Lacolle, Quebec-Champlain, New York
border crossing saw over $21 billion in two-way trade in 2012. Lacolle
is an equally important crossing for travellers, with more than 780,000
cars and buses entering Canada through this point last year.
"The redevelopment project at Lacolle provides an opportunity to
expedite the flow of traffic through the border by expanding and
modernizing the current infrastructure," added Minister Lebel. "This
announcement follows through on commitments in the Beyond the Border
Action Plan announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President
Barack Obama in December 2011."
The Government of Canada has allocated new funding for the Lacolle
improvements in Budget 2013. Funding will flow through the Gateways and
Border Crossings Fund. The $2.1-billion Gateways and Border Crossings
Fund (GBCF) is a program used to improve the flow of goods and people
between Canada and the rest of the world. GBCF infrastructure funding
targets projects that increase the productivity and efficiency of
strategic transportation assets of national significance, such as
bridges, roads and ports, which are part of international gateways,
strategic trade corridors and key land border crossings.
This initiative adds to the government's unprecedented investments in
infrastructure, announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013. The
government is delivering the new Building Canada plan to construct
roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure
in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities.
Combined with other federal infrastructure investments, it supports
Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and
job creation. Since 2006, the federal government has made unprecedented
investments in over 43,000 projects to build roads, bridges, commuter
rail and other important public infrastructure.
The project is among key border crossings identified in the Beyond the
Border Action Plan which was established with the United States to
enhance our mutual security, prosperity and economic competitiveness.
The action plan focuses on four areas: addressing threats early;
facilitating trade, economic growth and jobs; integrating cross border
law enforcement; and strengthening critical infrastructure and cyber
Beyond the Border Action Plan- Lacolle Border Crossing Project
The Lacolle Port of Entry, located in Quebec, was designated as a
priority border crossing in the Beyond the Border Action Plan
initiative focused on border infrastructure. The Beyond the Border
Action Plan was released by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President
Barack Obama in December 2011 and outlines initiatives to improve the
ability to manage security risks in both countries while reducing the
burden on business. The action plan focuses on four areas: addressing
threats early; facilitating trade, economic growth and jobs;
integrating cross border law enforcement; and strengthening critical
infrastructure and cyber security.
In addition to increasing the number of Primary Inspection Lanes, the
project will allow for the modernization of the bus processing
facilities and an expansion and renovation of the complete port
infrastructure. This will enable the Canadian Border Services Agency
(CBSA) to process travellers more efficiently, better meet our border
wait time standard and better enable officers to perform effective
secondary examinations, which will reduce the risk of contraband
activities, revenue evasion and illegal immigration. Lacolle currently
has nine traveller lanes - eight regular lanes and one NEXUS lane. As a
result of this investment, the Port of Entry will expand to 15
Traveller lanes - 13 regular lanes and two NEXUS lanes. This project
is expected to start in 2013 and to take approximately three years to
Under the Beyond the Border Action Plan, Canada and the U.S. agreed to
make significant infrastructure upgrades at key border crossings to
facilitate trade and travel, thereby creating jobs and supporting
growth and prosperity. The Government of Canada has allocated $47
million in new fuding for the Lacolle improvements as part of Beyond
the Border Action Plan funding in Economic Action Plan 2012. Funding
will flow through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. To date, the
Government of Canada has dedicated over $2.1 billion under the Fund to
ensure the efficient flow of goods and people between Canada and the
rest of the world.
This project is the latest in a series of investments made in relation
to this Quebec border crossing. In 2006, the Governments of Canada and
Québec spent over $86 million on improvements to Highway 15 leading to
the port of entry, a new commercial vehicle safety inspection station,
and intelligent transportation systems. Likewise, in 2009, the U.S.
spent $90 million redeveloping the adjacent port of entry at Champlain,
Further details on the Beyond the Border Action Plan can be found at www.actionplan.gc.ca/border.
New Building Canada Plan 2013
Investments in Canada's public infrastructure create jobs, economic
growth and provide a high quality of life for families in every city
and community across the country.
Since 2006, our Government has made unprecedented investments in over
43,000 projects to build roads, bridges, commuter rail and other
important public infrastructure.
As a result of our investments, we have brought the average age of
Canada's core public infrastructure down from a peak of 17 years in
2001 to an estimated 14.4 years in 2011. It is now lower than the
historical average over the last 50 years.
Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our investments and announces a new
Building Canada plan - the largest investment in job-creating
infrastructure in Canadian history.
The new Building Canada plan has three main components:
Community Improvement Fund - $32.2 billion consisting of an indexed Gas
Tax Fund and the increased GST Rebate for Municipalities to build
roads, public transit, recreational facilities and other community
infrastructure across Canada that will improve the quality of life of
New Building Canada Fund - $14 billion to support infrastructure
projects of national, regional and local significance.
Renewed P3 Canada Fund - $1.25 billion to continue finding innovative
ways to build infrastructure projects faster and provide better value
for Canadian taxpayers through public-private partnerships.
In addition, $6 billion in federal support will be provided to
provinces, territories and municipalities under current infrastructure
programs in 2014-15 and beyond.
Over the next 10 years, the Government will also make significant
investments in First Nations infrastructure and in federal assets.
Approximately $7 billion over 10 years in First Nations infrastructure
such as roads, bridges, energy systems and other First Nations
Over $10 billion in investments in federal infrastructure assets,
including bridges, fishing harbours, ports, military bases and
departmental accommodations across the country.
Overall, the new Building Canada plan, combined with other federal
infrastructure investments will result in $70 billion in federal
infrastructure funding over 10 years, the largest federal investment in
job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.
The Government of Canada investments in the Greater Montreal Area
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested more than $7 billion
in infrastructure funding for the Province of Quebec, including more
than $2.5 billion for the Greater Montreal Area. Here are some
Lachine Train Maintenance Centre ($25 million)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ($13 million)
Outremont Rail Switching Yard Redevelopment ($30 million)
Quartier des spectacles ($40 million)
Autoroute 30 ($704.5 million)
All told, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented infrastructure
investments across the country since 2006. Economic Action Plan 2013
provides a new long-term commitment to strengthen public infrastructure
in Canada for years to come.
A new bridge for the St. Lawrence
The Government of Canada is building a new bridge corridor to replace
the existing Champlain Bridge in Montreal. It will span the St.
Lawrence River to connect the Island of Montreal to the South Shore.
This is the busiest crossing in Canada for cars, trucks and buses, and
is vital to the regional and national economies.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
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