The Port of Montreal’s neighbouring communities are located in the boroughs of Ville-Marie, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, and the cities of Montreal East and Contrecoeur. The MPA increased its presence and involvement in these communities in 2016.
The MPA sent out special invitations to its neighbours to take part in Port in the City Day, held on September 10. Some 2,700 people accepted the invitations and enjoyed an hour-long cruise aboard AML’s Cavalier Maxim where they were able to discover the port and its activities. MPA executives gave the guided tours, explaining how port facilities operate and the impact of port operations on the economy. In total, 28 MPA employees participated in the event.
The Good Neighbour Committee, formed by the MPA at the end of 2014 and comprising 17 members representing citizens and various organizations active near the port or on port territory, held two meetings in 2016 at which the MPA discussed its current projects, answered questions and collected comments.
The MPA continued to communicate regularly with its neighbours, most notably by means of its Logbook e-magazine (three issues in 2016), direct mail, and emails to lists of members of who sign up to be Neighbours of the Port. There are now some 1,700 people on the Neighbours of the Port subscriber mailing list, up by more than 1,000 people from the previous year.
The MPA continued its regular communications with stakeholders in the Alexandra Pier and cruise terminal restoration project and the Contrecoeur Port Terminal Expansion Project. Most notably, it held numerous meetings with Contrecoeur stakeholders and sent communications to Alexandra Pier stakeholders in 2016. It sent direct mail to 10,250 neighbours about the Viau Terminal project and another 6,000 neighbours regarding the Alexandra Pier project.
The MPA strongly believes in giving back to the community by supporting organizations and events that contribute to the vitality of neighbourhoods that are adjacent to port facilities. Its Community Investment Policy supports three sectors: socioeconomic development, education related to marine careers, and the environment.
The MPA continued to support numerous programs in 2016 including Vélopousse pedicabs, ÉcoMaris, the Samajam school retention program, and the seasonal Village au Pied-du-Courant. It also supported the heritage cruises offered as part of the Vague estivale 2016, a program of summer activities offered by the borough of Rivières-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, family festivals in Mercier-Est and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, the Défi kayak Desgagnés challenge benefiting Young Musicians of the World, the Maison des Enfants de l’Île de Montréal, and L’Antre-Jeunes de Mercier-Est. The MPA was also involved in Contrecoeur, where it supported organizations such as the Colonie des grèves and the Centre d’action bénévole de Contrecoeur.
The MPA is also involved with academic institutions. It formed a partnership with ETS (École de technologie supérieure) in 2016 whereby students in the operations and logistics engineering program were challenged to submit innovative solutions to modelling the flow of truck traffic on port territory. The MPA hosted a bicycle tour of the port with students and professors as part of an HEC Montréal university program, and provided student internships at the MPA in sectors such as geomatics, hydrology and economic affairs.
We also participated in the 3rd edition of the InnoBahn Ubisoft event presented by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Information and information technology start-up companies were challenged to provide concrete innovative solutions to reduce unproductive travel and GHG emissions associated with transporting containers by truck at the Port of Montreal.
Numerous stakeholders, political decision-makers and associations visited the port in 2016. All told, MPA officials presented the port and its activities to more than 9,000 people.
Following the consolidation of the MPA’s presence on social media – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube – in 2015, the number of subscribers on all platforms combined increased to more than 20,000 in 2016, up from 9,000 the previous year.
The MPA also registered some 10,000 visits per month on its Trucking PORTal web and mobile application that was launched in October 2016.
The MPA made numerous official public announcements in 2016, most notably regarding the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal with the City of Montreal and Government of Quebec in March, the official launch of the Trucking PORTal and a media visit to the Alexandra Pier worksite, both in October, and the official inauguration of Viau Terminal in November.