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Project overview

As the main provisioning port to Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands, supplied exclusively by local companies, every year Bickerdike Terminal handles close to 600,000 tonnes of diversified goods (such as containers, cars and trucks), in addition to serving cruise ships.

  • Redevelopment of truck access (traffic flow and security)
  • Increase and upgrade of electrical capacity
  • Replacement of buildings
  • Redevelopment of container and cargo storage areas
  • Redevelopment of handling areas for cruise ships


  • Reuse of excavated material to prepare a stabilized and solidified base for the pavement structure of the new container storage area
  • Construction of underground infrastructure for dockside electrical installations and power supply for heated and reefers (replacing the use of diesel generators)
  • Installation of 20-metre (instead of 30-metre) lighting towers with LED fixtures and baffles to reduce visual pollution
  • Installation of a retention basin and three hydrodynamic separators for storm water treatment
  • Landscaping at the entrance to the parking lot on Pierre-Dupuy Avenue
  • Planting of new trees between the entrance gate and the bicycle path
  • Energy performance measures for the Empire building on the terminal, such as electrification of the entire building (increasing its electrical input, eliminating the use of natural gas), a white and green roof, insulation beyond National Building Code standards, and the addition of occupancy sensors and low-flow water equipment to reduce consumption.

Project timeline


Construction of the Port of Montreal’s Bickerdike Terminal. Until the 1970s, port activities largely took place on this terminal.

May 2017

Grant of $8.3 million in financial support by the Government of Quebec under its Maritime Strategy to rehabilitate terminal facilities.

2018 to 2019

Start of project design phase

Summer 2019

Start of Bickerdike Terminal redevelopment work



  • Build new entrance on Pierre-Dupuy Avenue
  • Install new gatehouse
  • Repair  underground networks (water supply, sanitary, rainwater and electrical/telecommunication) 
  • Repair railway network


  • Redevelop truck access
  • Redevelop container and cargo storage areas
  • Install new electrical substation
  • Install and start equipment and switchgear in the new electrical substation
  • Build a parking lot for employees and cruise passengers (CTMA)
  • Install signs and complete landscaping
  • Completion of project works