Project overview

The container market at the Port of Montreal has been growing for more than 50 years. The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has been planning a new container terminal on its land in Contrecœur to support the growth of the container market in Quebec and Eastern Canada. When fully up and running, the container terminal in Contrecœur will make it possible to handle 1.15 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year.

  • Two berths and a container handling area
  • An intermodal marshalling yard connected to the main rail network
  • A truck gate connected to the road network
  • Secondary facilities for port activities

Social and economic impact

$ 470 million per year

Nearly 5,000 jobs

1.15 million containers


Project timeline

1988 to 1992

The MPA acquired 468 hectares including four kilometres of shoreline and a terminal that has been operating since the mid-1950s in the municipality of Contrecœur.

The site is a strategic location for operating a modern container terminal in light of the growth in activities at the Port of Montreal. It is located close to a rail network and the Highway 30 road network. It offers space nearby for industrial and logistics development and the sector is largely industrial.

April to December 2014

Pre-consultations with all project stakeholders, including business partners, government agencies, local communities and interest groups

Open houses held for the local population to help integrate the project into the community

December 2015

Submission by the MPA of its expansion project description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)

Fall 2016 to spring 2017

With a team of experts from SNC-Lavalin, the MPA completed the environmental impact assessment, addressing many issues: road and rail traffic, aquatic and land environments, marine transportation, economic benefits and the human environment in terms of impacts on neighbouring communities. For the latter, the MPA consulted with local stakeholders, met with the Aboriginal communities affected, organized thematic workshops with local experts and held open houses at Contrecœur and Verchères.

December 22, 2017

Publication of the Environmental Impact Statement on

February 27 to March 1, 2018

Participation in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's public consultations and information sessions to present the results of the study to the public and stakeholders

July 2018

Appointment of Ryan Dermody to the newly created position of Vice-President, Contrecœur to oversee the project

April 2019

Finalization of the environmental process

Submission of the MPA’s answers to the CEAA's first set of questions, a 3,200-page document


August 2019

Canada Infrastructure Bank signs a memorandum of understanding with the Montreal Port Authority for its expansion project in Contrecoeur. The MOU confirms that the CIB and the MPA will work on the financial structuring of the proposed terminal.

Also in 2019

Finalization of the design and engineering

Implementation of the financing structure

Negotiations with stakeholders for the operation of the terminal

Development of various partnership agreement


Start of construction (subject to obtaining the necessary permits)

2023 to 2024

Commissioning of the terminal and start of port operations