OTTAWA – Today, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced a new investment of $5 million to increase the efficiency of rail logistics in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland by providing additional capacity to assemble trains, storage space, and access to both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail networks. These improvements will improve fluidity and reduce bottlenecks along Western Canadian rail networks.
The project will add 460 additional railcar storage spots, and more than 40,000 feet of new track, including a new connection to the Canadian Pacific Willingdon Subdivision. The project will also allow Alberta Midland Railway Terminal to handle unit trains up to 8,500 feet in length for either Canadian National or Canadian Pacific shippers.
These investments are said to have significant economic benefits for Canadians, creating approximately 210 jobs during the construction period, and contributing to economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Trade Corridors Fund is a merit-based program which provides funding for the investment in critical assets that support economic activity, and the movement of goods and people in Canada.
The investment is made to represent a long-term commitment by the Government of Canada to work with stakeholders on strategic infrastructure projects that address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors.
“Our government is investing in Canada’s economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors. We are supporting projects which help move goods efficiently to market, and people to their destinations; stimulate our economy during the pandemic; create good quality middle-class jobs; and ensure Canada’s transportation networks remain competitive and efficient.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport