Government of Canada creates jobs with investment in Peace Bridge

    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of
Justice and the Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, today announced that
the Government of Canada will invest up to $1 million for improvements to the
Canadian Customs Plaza at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario.
    "Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Government of
Canada is investing in the Peace Bridge to provide much needed stimulus and
economic activity in the area," said Minister Nicholson. "As a key component
of the Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor, it will also support
international trade with the United States and contribute to Canada's
long-term economic prosperity."
    The Peace Bridge is the third-busiest Canada-United States commercial
truck crossing. This project includes the construction of a fifth primary
inspection lane and booth for Canada-bound commercial vehicles. These
improvements will reduce traffic congestion, facilitate local border crossings
and complement recent and planned investments by the United States for
America's side of the border.
    The federal contribution of $1 million through Canada's Economic Action
Plan represents 50 percent of the total eligible costs. This contribution will
be matched by an equivalent contribution by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public
Bridge Authority. Construction is schedule to begin in September 2009 and to
be completed in February 2010.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

    A backgrounder with more information on the Peace Bridge is attached.



                               The Peace Bridge

    The Peace Bridge was completed and officially opened to traffic in June
1927, connecting Fort Erie, Ontario to Buffalo, New York. Its name came from
the commemoration of more than 100 years of peace between the United States
and Canada. It is a premier international border crossing providing access to
many world-renowned travel destinations in the Golden Horseshoe, the Greater
Toronto Area and New York State.
    The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority maintains the Peace
Bridge. The Authority's mission is to provide a safe, efficient,
environmentally sensitive, and cost-effective channel for international
travellers, and to positively impact trade and tourism locally, regionally,
nationally and internationally.
    The proposed $2 million Peace Bridge Commercial Lane Traffic Improvements
project would construct a fifth primary inspection lane and booth for
Canada-bound commercial vehicles and a designated area for VACIS (Vehicle and
Cargo Inspection System) inspections. The federal contribution of $1 million,
through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, represents 50 percent of the
total eligible costs. Construction at the Peace Bridge is scheduled to begin
in September 2009 and to be completed in February 2010.
    In 2008, the Peace Bridge was the third-busiest commercial truck crossing,
with two-way traffic totaling 1,230,000 trucks.

                                                              June 2009

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