The Port of Montreal’s expansion: construction of the new terminal in Contrecœur
A great project for the future of the Port of Montreal and a flagship project for Greater Montreal and its surrounding regions.
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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
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
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
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Why are you doing this expansion project?
The Port of Montreal needs to expand in Contrecœur because its Montreal facilities are almost at full capacity. The population and economic activity in Eastern Canada are increasing and 88% of the volumes transiting through the Port of Montreal are bound for the Canadian market. Based on recent decades and thorough forecasts by experts, Quebec and Ontario will need more shore-based handling capacity to meet the needs of importing and exporting companies.
How far along are you with the expansion of your activities in Contrecœur?
The assessment process conducted by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) was completed and the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change ruled in favour of the project. Also included in this decision were conditions of completion along with the commitments made by the MPA in the impact study. Given that we must comply with these conditions before construction, during construction and while the terminal is operating, we are analyzing these 330 or so conditions. They reflect expert opinion and consultation findings in terms of mitigation and compensation measures, and must be transparently monitored throughout the project.
What are the next stages?
We will be launching a Request for Qualification in the fourth quarter of 2021 to select corporate consortia interested in bidding on the construction and operation of the future facilities. Preparatory work should get underway in the third quarter of 2023 and last approximately 36 months.
However, all activities remain subject to obtaining the required approvals and permits as well as complying with the conditions set out in the decision statement by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
What will the Port of Montreal do to fight shoreline erosion?
Once completed, the Contrecœur expansion will result in only two or three port calls by vessels per week and will have little or no effect on shoreline erosion. Yet shoreline erosion is a natural phenomenon that can be aggravated if a vessel does not respect the speed limit. This is why the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada enforce the applicable regulations.
You can contact the Canadian Coast Guard at any time (1 855 859-3123) if you believe that a vessel is not respecting the speed limit.
What about cohabitation issues with riverside residents?
In Contrecœur, we already have a terminal that is operating. Among the community relations initiatives that we are actively setting up is a Good Neighbourhood Committee to establish an ongoing dialogue before, during and after construction of the new container terminal. For more information on the Port's community relations initiatives, click here: Communities.
How many trucks per day will serve the new terminal?
The new terminal will be phased in gradually. When it starts operating, between 250 and 370 trucks per day will access the site. At full capacity in about 25 years, or 2050, this could reach 1,200 trucks per day. While current road infrastructures can accommodate the volume of trucks, the gradual increase in their number will make it possible to adjust by factoring in the growth curve and new technologies related to the electrification of ground transportation and, more broadly, freight mobility management.
When the terminal is in operation, Montée de la Pomme-d’Or will be the preferred collector road allowing trucks to connect with Highway 30 and Route 132 to and from the port terminal.
How will the new terminal impact rail traffic on the South Shore?
Same as for trucks, the new terminal will be phased in gradually. About one or two rail shipments per week will access the new terminal when it opens. This frequency will gradually increase to one or two trains per day once the terminal reaches full capacity in about 25 years, by 2050. The new container terminal will use the existing rail network south of Route 132.
Is the sediment that will be dredged contaminated?
Hundreds of analyses have been conducted at various depths to ascertain the sediment quality. Also, nearly 90% of the sediments targeted for construction of the ship approach area are natural clay of glacial origin, as found throughout the region. The other 10% of the sediments are alluvial deposits.
Are you deepening the shipping channel to accommodate larger vessels?
No. The only reason for dredging the sediments is to build the approach area. The shipping channel will not be dredged for the future terminal. The size of the vessels will not be larger than those using the Montreal facilities.
Where can the results of the impacts studies be found?
What land is available near the future Contrecoeur terminal?
To find out about the availability of land around the Contrecoeur terminal, contact the economic development department of the municipality of Contrecoeur or the Verchères town hall:
5000 route Marie-Victorin
Contrecoeur (Quebec) J0L 1C0
Telephone: 450 587-5901
Verchères Town Hall
581 Marie-Victorin Road
Verchères, (Quebec) J0L 2R0
Telephone: 450 583-3307
Are there any current calls for tenders for the project?
What types of work will be required as part of the construction of the new container terminal project?