Four port facilities transferring to the Government of Quebec
An agreement in principle has been announced for the transfer, as of March 30, 2020, of the ports of Matane, Gaspé, Rimouski and Gros-Cacouna to the Government of Quebec under the Port Facility Transfer Program. In addition to the commercial docks, the transfer includes buildings and storage areas, breakwaters at the Matane and Gros-Cacouna ports and a spur pier at the Port of Rimouski.
The Government of Canada will provide C$163 million for the four ports. This includes a $148.8 million grant to the province to support the future costs of operating and maintaining the ports, the balance representing investments in specific projects and other costs to be incurred by Transport Canada prior to their transfer.
This change will contribute to the sustainability of these facilities, which contribute to economic prosperity and job creation in the communities and regions they serve. It will also allow a better valorization of their potential according to the needs of current users, the development of new activities and the involvement of users and local partners in the management of these ports.
The Ports Asset Transfer Program, launched in April 2015, is aimed at facilitating the transfer of the 50 remaining port facilities from Transport Canada’s inventory to other entities. The Program aims to sell or transfer Transport Canada-administered port facilities to interested parties, including crown corporations and other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments, non-profit organizations, the general public and indigenous groups.
“By taking possession of our commercial ports, these strategic assets, we are giving Quebec a new leverage,” said Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec. “We promised to deliver a sustainable, economic and innovative vision of marine development, and that’s exactly what we did. We unveiled our potential, believed in our entrepreneurs, relied on the talent of the workers and encouraged creativity and research. Quebec and the marine industry have gained momentum. Let’s continue together!”