On August 7, representatives from the federal government announced a $6 million in investments to improve the movement of Canadian products to international markets through the Sarnia-Lambton corridor and the Port of Sarnia
Minister of transport Marc Garneau said Canada’s government is supporting transportation routes to stimulate economic growth. “We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations,” Garneau said.
The Port of Sarnia will see a new docking facility that will allow oversized loads to get from trucks to ships more efficiently. A 26.7 km route will also be built to accommodate industrial fabricators and manufactures who are moving oversized loads to the Port. The designated route means residential roads and commuter paths will have to be closed less often
Construction in the region will create about 120 jobs.
Funding for the project will come from the National Trade Corridors Fund, which supports Canada’s success in international trade through projects that create or improve efficiency of trade.
This announcement follows on the heels of an August 6 promise for funding in Eastern Ontario, where the Port of Johnstown will see improvements to crop storage and loading equipment to improve efficiency of trade into the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Canadian government is planning to invest more than $180 billion over the course of 12 years, for trade and transportation routes, as well as public transit, social infrastructure, green infrastructure, and Canada’s rural and northern communites.