The Government of Canada will invest CAD$17m in the Port of Belledune to increase capacity and help move Canadian goods to international markets.
Work will include filling in the water gap between Terminals 3 and 4 to create a larger berth, thereby improving the port’s ability to move cargo between the terminals, and to and from vessels. This work will also create additional space for commodities at the south end of Terminal 3.
Serge Cormier, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament for Acadie—Bathurst, said: “I am thrilled that this important project is going ahead. Transportation and distribution of goods are a vital part of our local, regional and national economies.
“These improvements to the Port of Belledune will increase transportation options for the community, help businesses get more products to market, and create quality jobs.
“This investment demonstrates that our government appreciates how important our port is to the continuing prosperity of our region and country.”
The investment is expected to have important economic and employment benefits for the region by creating an estimated 340 jobs during construction.