Building strong communities through local port ownership
CORNWALL, ON, June 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the transfer of the Cornwall Port Facility to the City of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. The transfer agreement includes a contribution of $5,326,457 from the Government of Canada to cover operational costs and to maintain the Port's infrastructure.
The transferred port facility is located in the South Central area of the City of Cornwall on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. This divested property totals 7.93 hectares and consists of an upland area located at the north shore of the St.Lawrence, as well as an adjoining waterlot. The Cornwall Port Facility also includes a wharf mainly used for commercial activities.
The Cornwall Port Facility is the final port to be divested under Transport Canada's former Port Divestiture Program. Building on the success of this Program, the new Ports Asset Transfer Program was launched in April 2015 to facilitate the transfer of the remaining 50 port facilities in Transport Canada's inventory to local interests.
"This transfer agreement provides an exciting opportunity for the City of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne to operate the Port of Cornwall. As the new co-owners, they are now in a position to collectively manage this valuable asset in a manner that best suits the community and responds to local needs."
The Honourable Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport
"The transfer of the Port of Cornwall signals a new era of cooperation and collaboration between our two communities. By taking ownership of the Port, we will collectively oversee the future use of a key piece of our waterfront."
Mayor of Cornwall
"This milestone in our partnership with the City of Cornwall and Transport Canada is a model for other Indigenous and non Indigenous Communities to strive towards. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to create additional opportunities for both our communities."
Grand Chief Abram Benedict,
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700 ; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]