BAIE-COMEAU, QC, Aug. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - The quality of Canada's infrastructure and the efficiency of our trade corridors are key elements in the success of Canadian businesses. Ports contribute to economic prosperity and the creation of jobs in the communities and regions they serve.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Marc Lefebvre, president of the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau, announced today that Transport Canada and the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau have reached a common understanding regarding the future costs associated with the operating of the Port of Baie-Comeau, an essential step in the negotiating process towards a future transfer agreement.
For over 25 years, the Government of Canada's goal has been to transfer local port assets administered by Transport Canada to new owners in order to foster the continued sustainability of these facilities and a development better adapted to regional realities. Canada' ports contribute to economic prosperity and the creation of jobs in the communities and regions they serve. Transferring local ports makes it possible to more fully develop their potential based on the needs of current users, develop new activities and involve users and partners from the area in the management of these ports.
"Our government understands the importance of the port for the economic development of the entire region. I am pleased that we have reached a common understanding towards a transfer of the port to the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau. This is an important step. We share the same goal that the community benefits from a future transfer."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
- Launched in April 2015, the aim of the Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP) is to facilitate the transfer of the 50 remaining port assets in the Transport Canada inventory to other entities. The goal is to sell or transfer port assets administered by Transport Canada to interested parties, namely Crown corporations and other federal departments, provincial governments and municipalities, non-profit organizations, the general public as well as Indigenous groups.
- Transport Canada owns the Port of Baie-Comeau and operates it.
- Private wharves and ferry facilities are outside the limits of assets owned by Transport Canada and would not be included in a future transfer.
- The Government of Canada began formal negotiations with the Corporation de gestion du port de Baie-Comeau in March 2019.
- The Baie-Comeau port assets are located on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, near the mouth of the Manicouagan River. The Port of Baie-Comeau ships industrial products manufactured in the region around the world.
- The Port of Baie-Comeau accommodates the transhipment of cargo such as newsprint, aluminum products, salt, sodium chloride and various other goods.
- The Port of Baie-Comeau is open to navigation year-round, enabling the transhipment of more than 535,000 tons of cargo on average every year.
- The Port of Baie-Comeau also welcomes cruise ships, with more than a dozen stops annually.
- Ports Asset Transfer Program (PATP)
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SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information: Delphine Denis, Media Relations Manager, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700, [email protected]; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]