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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

1.15 million containers

Construction: $ 850 million

Construction: Nearly 8,000 jobs

Operation: $ 140 million per year

Operation: Nearly 1,200 jobs

Source: Estimated future economic impacts of the Contrecœur Container Terminal, 2019

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 www.port-montreal.com

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


Termont and MGT confirm interest as site operators

Obtained up to $300 million in support from the Canada Infrastructure Bank

Federal historical authorization to increase Montreal Port Authority’s borrowing limit to $480M

Technical optimization of plans and quotes




The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) releases its draft report on the Montreal Port Authority’s Contrecœur container terminal project


January: Announcement of $55 million in financial assistance from the Quebec government

March: the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada renders a favourable decision on the Contrecoeur expansion project 

End of 2026

Commissioning of the terminal and start of port operations

Suppliers and Professional Services

If you would like to express your interest as a potential supplier of services to the Montreal Port Authority or its partners and affiliates, please complete the form below to be added to our registry. Please note that completion of this form does not represent a request for proposal or a contractual commitment, nor does it guarantee the provision of goods or services for the project. Suppliers will be required to follow the protocols established by the prospective private partner or the Montreal Port Authority in the procurement process.

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