Feds Announce $153 Million in Funding for 3 Projects at Prince Rupert Port

John Crawford
09/05/2019

The federal government has announced $153.7 million through its National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) for three separate infrastructure projects at the Port of Prince Rupert.

Of that funding, $60.6 million will go toward the Zanardi Bridge and Causeway project, which will include construction of a new double-track bridge across Zanardi Rapids.

As well, $49.85 million will help fund the rail infrastructure required to provide additional rail capacity and reduce congestion to better serve the bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island.

The third project, led by the Metlakatla Development Corporation, will develop land for import and export logistics facilities located near the Fairview Terminal and a container yard.

Ottawa is contributing $43.3 million toward that project.
 
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Ken Veldman, Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability for the port, says this investment will help the port continue on its vision of doubling volumes and allow for private sector investments in the future.

Ken-Veldman-Sep-2019-1.jpg"It enables us to execute our sustainable development plan. It allows us to maintain our fluidity, our capacity, and our competitiveness that we've become known for as we continue to grow."

Veldman says the port is in the process of setting up environmental impact studies for the three projects, and if all goes well construction is slated to begin mid-2020 with completion scheduled for 2022.

The construction phase of these projects is estimated to create about 3100 jobs.

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says it's exciting news, and represents another step in the northwest becoming a vital Canadian link to the world.

"We always talk about diversifying the economy, not relying on just one or two commodities and this is an example of it and I think the port in general has helped save Prince Rupert in a great way," said the NDP MP, who will retire from politics next month.

Full details of the projects are contained in the News Release below. 

[Reported by Brittany Webster]

=== PORT NEWS RELEASE ===
 

PORT OF PRINCE RUPERT TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL TRADE CORRIDORS FUNDING

 

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Government of Canada announced today financial investments totalling over $153.7 million through its National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to support three separate critical trade infrastructure projects to facilitate growth and enable further trade development at the Port of Prince Rupert.

 

The Port’s activity is expected to grow to over 50 million tonnes of trade annually within the next decade. The continued growth of cargo volume through the Port of Prince Rupert represents an increase in Canadian trade, regional economic development and employment, and continued participation of local First Nations in the region’s gateway economy. These projects are a springboard to unlocking future private sector investment in the new facilities and operations required to meet that growing demand.

 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority, in partnership with CN, were the recipients of $60.6 million for the Zanardi Bridge and Causeway project. The total project cost is estimated at $122 million. It will reduce operational conflicts and increase rail capacity to the Port of Prince Rupert to accommodate future growth in import and export trade for all current and future terminals. Key components of the project include the construction of a new double track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids, rehabilitation of the existing single track Zanardi Bridge, and expansion of the causeway between the Zanardi Bridge and Ridley Island.

 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority has received $49.85 million towards rail infrastructure required to service the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform project. The project’s total cost is nearly $100 million and focuses on an expansion of the existing Road, Rail and Utility Corridor to further enable unit train access. The rail infrastructure is a precursor to a large-scale bulk transload facility, a large-scale breakbulk transload facility, and an integrated off-dock container yard. The Road Rail Utility Corridor expansion will create a platform to attract private-sector investment in export transloading and warehouse capacity at the port. A full build-out of logistics capability will be able to handle a significant increase in volumes, including dry bulk, forest products and other commodities.

 
 

The Metlakatla Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Metlakatla First Nation, was the recipient of $43.3 million toward the Metlakatla Import Logistics Park project. The $89 million project consists of a 25-hectare site development on South Kaien Island that will enable transload and warehouse operations to provide increased flexibility and value-added capabilities for import supply chains. The Import Logistics Park is a strategic complement to the Export Logistics Platform and will be fully integrated into DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal and the Port’s intermodal ecosystem to ensure unparalleled efficiency and fluidity.

 

“We are pleased to see over $150 million of federal investment committed to the Prince Rupert Gateway.  We see it as indicative of the growing role that the Port of Prince Rupert plays in adding value to Canadian supply chains and growing Canada’s trade with the world.

 

These investments will enable the development of gateway infrastructure that will support ongoing growth in capacity and resiliency of the gateway.”
- Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority

 

“The Port of Prince Rupert is a recognized and growing North American gateway with Asia, an important conduit for expanding and diversifying trade. CN applauds the level of investment and the commitment from the National Trade Corridors Fund to accelerate and lever CN’s own capital investments towards the Zanardi Bridge and Causeway project.”

 

- JJ Ruest, president and chief executive officer at CN

 

“Today’s announcement is a significant step toward realizing our vision of a Logistics Park on Metlakatla lands to improve the efficiency of Fairview Terminal and help enhance the Prince Rupert Gateway. This project will benefit all who live in Coast Tsimshian Territory by creating new jobs related to both the construction and long-term operations of the facility. The Metlakatla Development Corporation is proud to be a part of this and other economic development projects to the benefit of the people who call this area home and to our shareholders, the members of the Metlakatla First Nation.”

 

- Harold Leighton, CEO of the Metlakatla Development Corporation

 

 

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY

 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada's northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $310 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2018, a record 26.7 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

 

=== GOVERNMENT OF CANADA NEWS RELEASE ===
 

CNW Group Ltd

 

Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure at the Port of Prince Rupert to move goods to market

 

 

PRINCE RUPERT, BC, Sept. 5, 2019 /CNW/ - The quality of Canada's transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country's trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian companies in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada invests in infrastructure projects that create quality, middle-class jobs and support economic growth.

 

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced major investments for three projects to increase capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert and move Canadian goods to international markets.

 

The three projects totaling $153.7 million are part of the Government's long-term strategy of a stronger West Coast trade gateway. They will have substantial impact on the region's economy and are expected to create 3,100 jobs during construction.

 

The first project, led by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, is the building of a double-track bridge across the Zanardi Rapids. It will increase rail capacity on key rail routes and accommodate growth in imports and exports at the Port of Prince Rupert while allowing trains to arrive and depart simultaneously across the expanded Zanardi Bridge.

 

The second project will provide additional rail capacity and reduce rail congestion to better serve the bulk and container facilities on Ridley Island. It will contribute to the development of a hub to transfer shipments from one mode of transportation to another, which will improve the effectiveness of the supply chain for Canadian producers. 

 

The third project, led by the Metlakatla Development Corporation, will develop land for   import and export logistics facilities strategically located near the Fairview Terminal and a container yard. These facilities will provide capacity adjacent to the Port from which to load and unload 175,000 twenty-foot containers [equivalent to more than 66,000 railcars] per year, increasing the region's trade growth and Port of Prince Rupert's overall efficiency. Work includes clearing the site, and building roads, electrical and communications systems, water main installation, sanitary treatment facilities, and storm drainage.

 

Expanding capacity at the Port of Prince Rupert, including making better use of the Ridley Island area strengthens economic prospects for the middle class by supporting immediate trade diversification and increases exports to Asian markets. 

 

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada's success in international trade. Trade diversification is a key component of the National Trade Corridors Fund, through projects that: 

 

  • improve the  performance of the transportation system to increase the value and volume of goods exported from Canada to overseas markets; and

  • generate new overseas trade as a result of the investment.

    Quotes

    "Our government is investing in Canada's economy by improving our trade and transportation corridors. These three projects are part of the Government's long-term strategy of a stronger West Coast trade gateway. We're supporting the efficient movement of goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulating economic growth, creating quality middle-class jobs, and ensuring that Canada's transportation networks remain competitive and efficient."

    The Honourable Marc Garneau
    Minister of Transport

    Quick Facts

 

  • An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada's economic growth. The Government of Canada, through the National Trade Corridors Fund, is making investments that will support the flow of goods to international markets. While the United States continues to be Canada's top trade partner with $741.4 billion in trade ($437.6 billion exported, $303.8 billion imported) in 2018, trade is growing with international markets. From 2015 to 2018, trade with Asia (excluding the Middle East) grew by 18.9 per cent to $199.2 billion and trade with the European Union grew by 19 per cent since 2015 to $118.1 billion in 2018.

  • The Port of Prince Rupert handled 26.7 million tonnes in 2018, including a record 1 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of containerized freight. This was a 12 per cent increase from 2017. It is the fourth busiest Canadian Port Authority in terms of tonnage, and the third busiest in terms of containers.

  • The Government of Canada is making investments that help Canadian exporters accelerate their presence in new markets, and take advantage of the new opportunities that exist because of the trade agreements the Government has secured in the past three years. By investing in export-intensive industries, the Government is committed to the creation of well-paying jobs and strengthening Canada's economy.

  • Through the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.

 

 

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