TROIS-PISTOLES, QC, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the
transfer of ownership of the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves to the
Régie intermunicipale des infrastructures portuaires de Trois-Pistoles et Les
"This transfer was one of my priorities and it is by working together, in
partnership and in a spirit of open federalism, that we have made this project
a reality," said Minister Cannon.
In addition to the transfer of ownership, the Government of Canada is
providing more than $15 million over 10 years to the Régie intermunicipale des
infrastructures portuaires de Trois-Pistoles et Les Escoumins to restore the
infrastructure and to maintain and operate the installations. The transferred
property includes the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharf infrastructure as
well as the landing stages.
"During my meetings with individuals from the Régie intermunicipale, I've
learned that they have a fervent desire to become owners of the Trois-Pistoles
and Les Escoumins wharves to ensure their development and future," added
Minister Cannon. "The funding confirmed today will be used to rebuild port
infrastructure and undertake projects that will benefit the entire region's
The Régie intermunicipale des infrastructures portuaires de
Trois-Pistoles et Les Escoumins is made up of municipalities from
Trois-Pistoles, Notre-Dame des Neiges, Les Escoumins and the Innus Essipit
First Nation. It was legally constituted in June 2006. The official transfer
follows the acceptance of the transfer offer announced on April 13, 2007, and
the order from the Quebec government received on June 27, 2007.
The transfer of the Trois-Pistoles and Les Escoumins wharves to the Régie
intermunicipale is part of Transport Canada's Port Divestiture Program, which
was renewed in the March 2007 federal budget. This program was created in 1995
under the National Marine Policy. Its purpose is to transfer regional and
local harbour facilities to other interests.
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