Expanding project of the Port terminal at Contrecœur


Between 1988 and 1992, the Port of Montreal acquired 468 hectares of land, 4 km of shoreline and a terminal that had been operating since the 1950s in Contrecœur. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is currently planning to develop a container terminal in this sector. This is a strategic location, given that:

  • Its geometry is suitable for operating a container terminal
  • It is backed by a railway network
  • It is located close to major road arteries: Highway 30 and Route 132
  • It has space available for industrial and logistics development in the sector
  • It has the flexibility to meet long-term needs

This project will make it possible, at term, to handle 1.15M TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

In recent years, the MPA has taken steps to obtain the necessary permits to set up this container terminal project at Contrecœur. Obtaining these permits must be combined with other success factors to get this terminal up and running in the next decade: ongoing growth of the container marker, positive impacts from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, financial partner(s), etc.

To foster this project’s integration in the community, in 2014 the MPA initiated a pre-consultation process with all stakeholders, including its business partners, concerned government stakeholders, local communities and interest groups.

Project Status

October 2017 – Since submitting the Project Description for its Contrecoeur expansion project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) in December 2015, the MPA completed a number of sector studies that enhanced its environmental impact study, which was submited to the CEAA in Septembre 2017. In addition, as part of this process, it consulted several stakeholders affected by this project. Among other initiatives, the MPA held thematic workshops with various stakeholders in March 2017 as well as a two-day open house in Contrecœur and Verchères in May 2017.

The project at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Project map

Summary Sheet of the Project

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