We must carry out this project to support the steady organic growth in the container handling sector, which is forecast to keep growing, and to stay competitive and innovative. The Port of Montreal is and must remain a leader in its field. The Port has been handling containers for over fifty years and growth in this sector has never slowed. For example, in 2018 we handled close to 1.7 million containers.
We conducted several site analyses and found that the Contrecoeur site best meets the specific needs of container handling. Just think of the proximity of the rail and road networks and the minimal impact on ecological and social environments. Details of our analyses on where to locate the terminal were discussed in our environmental impact study.
Such an expansion project will generate considerable revenues for Canada during construction, i.e. a one-time impact of $470 million on GDP, of which $364 will be generated in Quebec. Once operating, there will be a recurring impacton Canadian GDP of $119 million, of which $104 million will be generated in Quebec. Even more significantly, construction will create over 5,000 jobs and when operational, there will be 1,000 direct jobs. These jobs alone are benefits related to operating the terminal. The overall benefits are good for everyone.
We are very mindful of the environment because one of its components, the St. Lawrence River, is our main workplace tool. As always, we will be extremely thorough in our efforts. Our extensive and meticulous environmental impact assessment and comprehensive stakeholder consultations enabled us to identify potential impacts during construction and to plan for any mitigation measures needed.
We know that a segment of the copper redhorse habitat of aquatic grassbeds is close to the site and, even though the fish itself has not been seen in that location for decades, we are taking every possible measure to foster the species’ environment. That is why we chose a location where the impact is minimal for this species, i.e. 0.01% of its grassbeds. In fact, we are already working with environmental experts to offset (upward) the grassbeds we will impact.
It is important to specify that no channel dredging is planned for the project. Only the wharf approach and vessel mooring area will be deepened. We have been working closely with Fisheries and Oceans Canada for several years, as well as with many other expert environmental organizations, because our objective is to build the Contrecoeur Terminal with the utmost respect for the environment.
The Western Chorus Frog is not present on the land chosen for the Contrecoeur Terminal. That said, in our environment impact assessment we factored in its proximity and during construction, we will provide any mitigation measures that may be needed.
The effects on regional road traffic will not be significant given the direct access to Highway 30 via Montée de la Pomme d’Or and Montée Lapierre. The terminal will also be connected to the rail network, because close to half of the containers will be moved by train. Traffic-related impacts are discussed in detail in our environmental impact study. In short: once operational, we estimate that when fully completed, there will be about 1,200 trucks and one to two trains per day.
Let’s keep in mind that the Contrecoeur Terminal will be entirely dedicated to container handling. There won’t be any liquid bulk tanks. Occasionally we receive regulated hazardous materials in containers at the Port of Montreal, and this currently represents close to three percent of the goods transported in containers. The regulations are very strict and we follow them to the letter. Since this is a matter of safety for everyone, we have the resources needed to monitor and, if necessary, take action around the clock all year round. To this end, we work with the emergency services in the municipalities that are home to our operations.
We plan to start the project works in 2020 for commissioning in 2023 or 2024. Several stages will be completed by then, including the finalization of the assessment process, the granting of permits, detailed engineering, finalization of the financial structure, negotiations related to operating the terminal that are now underway with our current operators, and more. All these steps are ongoing and well on track.
The financial package is in the process of being finalized. We are holding discussions with several stakeholders to this end. Specifically, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), a project milestone. CIB’s participation recognizes this project’s transformative potential, accounts for private investors’ attraction to it and underscores that it is a project of national interest for Canada’s international trade.
We estimate that this project will cost between $750 million and $950 million.
The Contrecoeur Terminal will only be used to handle containers. The goal of the project is to support the growth of this sectory of activity, which has been growing steadily for many years and whose future growth prospects are very positive.
Moving too fast is not the way we do things or any part of the values we hold as an organization. We work thoroughly and closely with all the stakeholders involved in the project. We acquired this land reserve in the late 1980s. More precisely, our pre-consultations began in 2014, an initial version of our project was submitted to the CEAA in 2015 and we expect the terminal to be fully up and running in 2023-2024. So, this project extends over close to ten years and shows the Port of Montreal’s long-term vision. We take the time to do things right. That is critical for us. To date, we have met with hundreds of groups and individuals as part of our consultations. Social acceptability and responsible impact management are priorities for the MPA.
The Port of Montreal is not only a real economic engine for its community, but also for Quebec and the rest of Canada. For example, the Port of Montreal’s current facilities generate 19,000 direct and indirect jobs and $2.6 billion in annual economic benefits. Many goods you use in your daily life likely transited through our facilities. Understandably, we are very proud to be part of Quebecers' daily lives and to contribute to the community’s economic vitality. Specifically for the Contrecoeur Terminal, construction will create 5,000 jobs and once in operation, there will be 1,000 direct jobs at the terminal; these are just the benefits directly related to operating the terminal.
Larger or commercial shipments:
Find the country you are shipping to/from in the Regions served section of the Port of Montreal Web site. Determine which shipping lines serve that country, and contact any of the agents listed.
The Montreal Port Authority does not track containers. You must contact your agent or freight forwarder for the status of your shipment. If you are still unable to obtain this information, the terminal may be able to tell you if your shipment has arrived in port. If you know the name of the ship and your container's identification number, and the ship is in port, the shipping line's agent may be able to help you.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is an autonomous federal agency created in accordance with the Canada Marine Act. It does everything within its power to make the port as competitive as possible, and takes pride in providing top-notch infrastructure to shipping lines, land carriers, terminal operators and shippers. It does not receive any public funding, and finances all of its own projects.
The Montreal Port Authority's mandate is to facilitate domestic and international trade, and thereby contribute to the attainment of local, regional and national socio-economic objectives. The MPA is committed to providing highly-efficient facilities and services while respecting the environment. It increases and promotes the competitive advantages of the Port of Montreal.
Contrary to popular belief, the longshoremen and checkers working in the port are not employees of the Montreal Port Authority. They work for the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), whose members are shipping lines and stevedoring companies. The MPA does contribute to the longshoremen's development by providing a professional training centre equipped with a high-tech gantry crane simulator.
The Port of Montreal is an international port linked to more than 100 countries around the world (see regions served). It handles some 32 million tonnes of highly-diversified cargo annually. It is a member of a select club of ports which handle more than one million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units, or containers) in one year. The Port of Montreal is a leader on the North Atlantic container market, serving year-round such markets as North Europe, the Mediterranean, Central Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
Not only is the port open year-round, in winter it is busier than ever! Ships come and go without pausing between the Atlantic and the Port of Montreal, and have done so since 1964. The navigation channel that leads to Montreal should not be confused with the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of channels and locks which connects Montreal to the Great Lakes, and which closes in winter.
There are no locks between Montreal and the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of some 1,600 kilometres. The Port of Montreal is located on one of the world's largest navigable waterways, the St. Lawrence River, which is open for navigation in all seasons between the Atlantic Ocean and Montreal.
There are, however, locks upstream of the Port of Montreal, on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which links Montreal to the Great Lakes, (except in winter). For more on the St. Lawrence Seaway, visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Web site.
The Port of Montreal is not a St. Lawrence Seaway port. It is located on one of the world's largest inland waterways, the St. Lawrence River. The river's navigation channel and the port are open year-round.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is a system of man-made channels and locks that leads from the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal to the Great Lakes. It officially opened in 1959. The St. Lawrence Seaway is closed during the winter. For more on the St. Lawrence Seaway, visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Web site.
The Port of Montreal originated in the historic area now known as the Old Port. Over the years, the port expanded eastward along the shore. In 1978, the Port of Montreal ceded the area known as the Old Port to the Old Port Corporation, a public corporation charged with developing tourism and recreational activities in the area. The site is now a cultural gem and a major tourist attraction, having been enhanced with museums, restaurants, shops and water-related activities.
For more on the Old Port, visit the Old Port Web site
Meanwhile, the Port of Montreal, since its foundation in 1642, has grown from a shallow basin some 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) inland, accessible only by longboat during the warm months, into a world-class seaport open year-round. Most of its facilities are located downstream from the Old Port, with the Montreal Port Authority's head office and multipurpose Bickerdike complex being located upstream.
The Port of Montreal's excellent location on the doorstep of North America's industrial heartland contributes to its success on the North Atlantic container market. It handles some 32 million tonnes of highly-diversified cargo every year, creating spin-offs of $2,1 billion and some 16,000 jobs.
The Port of Montreal is an industrial complex used to load and unload cargo. For security reasons, it is not open to the public. You may be allowed to fish in the Old Port of Montreal or in Promenade Bellerive Park, a recreational area located east of the port's container terminals and west of the port's petroleum sector.
Contact: Société d'animation de la Promenade Bellerive
8300 Bellerive Street, Montreal (Quebec) H1L 6S2
Phone : (514) 493-1967
There is also ice fishing on the Boucherville Islands, at 55, Île Sainte-Marguerite.
Phone : (450) 928-5088
The Port of Montreal is an industrial complex used to load and unload cargo. For security reasons, it is not open to the public. There are, however, many activities to choose from at the Old Port of Montreal.
The Montreal Port Authority has begun preparatory work for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal located at Iberville Passenger Terminal, which is why the present cruise terminal is closed for the 2016 season.
Most cruise ships and passengers are welcomed at the alternative terminal at Berths 34-35 and 36-37, located east of Pont Jacques-Cartier Bridge, which is about 7 km to the east of Old Montreal.