Government of Canada releases report on the future of the Port of Oshawa



    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the release of a
report prepared by the Honourable David Crombie, P.C., O.C., with
recommendations on the future of the Port of Oshawa.
    "I would like to thank Mr. Crombie for his work on this report, and his
insights," said Minister Cannon. "The Government of Canada agrees with
Mr. Crombie's finding that a robust mixed-use harbour is critical to Oshawa
and the Region of Durham, as well as to Ontario and Canada."
    The report was commissioned by Transport Canada in 2007 to help determine
future use of port lands belonging to the Crown. Mr. Crombie consulted with
interested stakeholders in the development of the report. It's recommendations
address future use and ownership of the port lands and neighbouring areas, and
propose a new governance structure for their future management.
    "Our government recognizes the significant economic challenges facing the
Canadian economy today and these challenges are clearly evident in Oshawa and
Durham Region," said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and
Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. "We will work with the
city, the region, and the port to ensure the future success of this great
natural resource and economic engine."
    Transport Canada officials are currently considering all options for a
new governance structure at the port. The department is also continuing the
environmental assessment of the lands originally acquired from the city in the
1960s, as a step towards reaching a mutually agreeable solution on the future
of the port and the return of all caveated lands. That is why the federal
government will work with the city to remediate caveated lands to a level of
environmental restoration required for transfer, as part of a negotiated
solution for the city and the port. Consideration will also be given to the
marina that historically straddles both the caveated and crown lands.
    "Our government is pleased to deliver for the people of Oshawa. Our
community deserves a clean, green, vibrant mixed-use waterfront and I am
pleased that today, this is now becoming a reality," said Dr. Colin Carrie,
Member of Parliament for Oshawa and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Industry.
    The Oshawa Harbour Commission currently manages the port and administers
some of the port's Crown land. It is the only remaining Harbour Commission in
Canada. Under the National Marine Policy approved in 1995, Transport Canada
has the authority to recommend Canada Port Authority status, or, with the
agreement of all local interests, to divest ports to new owners under the Port
Divestiture Program.
    The report is available at www.tc.gc.ca/programs/ports/crombie.htm.




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