May 14, 2018

* See legend at the end of the article  

The MPA hails the Government of Canada’s investment in the road network adjacent to the Port of Montreal

The Montreal Port Authority welcomes the Government of Canada’s announcement of a major investment in the City of Montreal’s road network adjacent to the Port of Montreal to facilitate the transport of Canadian goods to world markets. This investment is awarded under the National Trade Corridors Fund program.

“This announcement has a direct impact on the Port of Montreal and its many partners, and it is a mobilizing project that will make a contribute to improving the flow of freight transport by road in the city,” said MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon when the announcement was made this morning at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay.

The past five years have been marked by sustained growth in the economy and international trade at the Port of Montreal, clearly reflected in an increase in traffic, especially goods moved by containers.

“To support this increase, it became imperative to keep improving the road network system near our facilities, in collaboration with our partners in the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal, so that goods can be more smoothly moved by truck, and that is exactly the goal of the project announced today,” added Ms. Vachon.

The extension of L’Assomption Boulevard coupled with the Port’s construction of an overpass spanning Notre-Dame Street will help complete the traffic circulation loop, intended for heavy vehicles that enter and leave the Port of Montreal, by providing direct access to the facilities. This will lighten the local road network; congestion and wait times will be reduced for citizens and transport companies. The Port of Montreal takes this opportunity to thank Transports Québec, which completed the new access ramps to Highway 25 in 2016 and 2017.

To learn more about this announcement from the federal government, read the press release :

* From left to right : Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the MPA, Marc Cadieux, president and CEO of the Association du camionnage du Québec, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, Sylvain Ouellet, vice president of the Executive committee of the City of Montreal, Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie - Le Sud-Ouest - Île-des-Soeurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Nicola Di Lorio, Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard — Saint-Michel

In brief

Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the MPA  

Sylvie Vachon speaks to more than 500 business people in Greater Montreal about growth and the future

The President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, Sylvie Vachon, presented the Port of Montreal’s major development themes at a business luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM) at noon today.

Entitled “Our Vision. Your Future,” Ms. Vachon showed how the Port of Montreal is strategically adapting, innovating and positioning itself to accommodate the growth in freight transport tied to intensifying international trade and new business opportunities in traditional and emerging markets, and how this benefits local import and export companies.

To keep up with these changes, the Port benefits from and relies on the support of an efficient logistics chain as well as its competitive advantages that make it a unique model of a destination port, providing access in two days to a market of 110 million consumers. Given that freight traffic leaped 47% between 2010 and 2017, this model works very well.

Ms. Vachon presented three key focuses of the Port of Montreal’s vision:

  1. Infrastructure optimization in the container, bulk and cruise sectors and by optimizing intermodal access;
  2. Innovation as a differentiator, by carrying out innovative projects and rolling out digital solutions;
  3. Development of a major structuring project for Quebec and Canada: the Contrecœur Terminal, which will support the growth of the container market in and around Montreal, which has been steadily growing for over 50 years.

“Our vision and development extend well beyond Port territory because our success is directly linked to the growth and future of local import and export companies,” said Ms. Vachon in her presentation. “We are a creator of logistical synergies, and all of us, together, offer a unique, high-performance model that enables corporate earnings through competitive costs and transit times.”