For immediate release
The Port of Montreal 's Good Neighbourhood Committee
takes stock of its first year
Montreal, January 13, 2016 – At the end of 2014, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) set up a Good Neighbourhood Committee to improve communications with nearby communities. It held three meetings in 2015. Among other things, it addressed the Port of Montreal’s array of projects, its complaints management process, intermodal freight transportation, and various concerns of committee members.
The committee aims to foster closer and more lasting relations between the MPA and its neighbouring communities, and to establish dialogue and facilitate information exchange related to activities occurring on Port territory. It is composed of residents and representatives of local organizations, organizations operating on Port of Montreal territory or connected thereto, municipalities and the MPA.
“We’re really pleased with the positive report on the first year in operation of the Good Neighbourhood Committee, which is in line with our objective to get closer to our neighbouring communities. Strong member participation at the meetings reflects the importance of such a committee. It’s a mission-critical venue that lets us learn about our neighbours’ concerns, discuss a number of common issues and share our various projects,” said Sophie Roux, Vice-President, Public Affairs at the MPA.
To access more information on the Good Neighbourhood Committee’s first year report and the Port’s community relations efforts, the public is invited to click on the Community tab at www.port-montreal.com, subscribe to the Port of Montreal’s Facebook page and follow its Twitter account.
About the Port of Montreal
Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is a major diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods – containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. It is a leading container port served by the largest container shipping lines in the world.
The Port of Montreal handled 1,402,393 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2014, representing 12,575,069 tonnes of cargo. The Port also handled 9,246,741 tonnes of liquid bulk, and 8,433,434 tonnes of dry bulk, including 4,075,879 tonnes of grain. The total volume of goods handled in 2014 amounted to 30,445,984 million tonnes.
The Port of Montreal has its own rail network directly dockside. It is connected to the two national rail networks and a highway system. The Port operates a passenger terminal, which welcomed more than 71,044 passengers and crew members in 2014. All other terminals are run by private stevedoring firms.
Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic spin-offs annually.
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Director of Communications