Updates on two major construction sites at the Port of Montreal


The new passenger terminal

Rehabilitation of Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal, begun close to a year ago, is progressing well.  Everything will be all set for 2017. The City of Montreal will be able to proudly welcome cruise passengers who are visiting to celebrate its 375th anniversary. The year 2017 will also be celebrated as the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.  

The design of the new passenger terminal will go a long way to better integrating both the terminal and the pier into the urban fabric of Old Montreal. It will also meet the expectations of residents who seek better access to the river. The terminal will feature a green rooftop terrace. The pier will be turned into a public space and the end of the pier will be lowered towards the river for closer proximity to the water.

The project’s total cost is estimated at $78 million. The MPA gratefully salutes the Government of Quebec for announcing its contribution of $20 million, and the City of Montreal for providing a $15 million contribution through its 2015-2017 three-year investment program.

On October 27, the MPA invited members of the media to visit Alexandra Pier so they could report on how the project was advancing right from the site. View the segment on Radio Canada’s Le Téléjournal at

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The new container terminal at Viau

On November 18, the Viau container terminal was inaugurated. This new terminal and these new cranes rising into the city’s skyline are an eloquent testimony to the Port of Montreal’s growth and economic vitality.   

Merchant ships are here to stay. They are the most economical and environmentally friendly mode of transport. Let’s keep in mind that that’s how 80% of the products found in our stores and homes get there.

As part of the Viau Terminal project, we informed and consulted our neighbouring communities and took into account their opinions.

On the ecological front, we conducted an innovative soil reclamation project. When we excavated to solidify the soil, which has to withstand the weight of thousands of containers, we were able to reuse 44,000 metric tonnes of low-capacity soil. We mixed that poor soil with cement and then spread it back on the bottom of the excavated areas. This initiative won three awards for its environmental innovation.

This year, we are witnessing the completion of Phase I of two project phases. When Phase 2 of the project has been completed, the terminal will accommodate 600,000 TEUs, bringing the Port’s capacity to 2.1 million TEUs.

Once fully up and running, this project will also create 2,500 direct and indirect jobs and add $340 million in annual economic benefits.

We applaud the Government of Canada’s financial contribution of $27.2 million through the New Building Canada Fund, which made it possible to carry out this large-scale project totalling $193 million.


From left to right: Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification of Quebec, Mr. Jean D'Amour, Minister for Maritime Affairs of Quebec, Mrs. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, Mrs. Madeleine Paquin, President of Termont Montréal and Mr. Sokat Shaikh, President and CEO of MSC Canada.