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National Trade Corridors Fund investing $51.2M in 19 digital infrastructure projects

Hamilton – Canada’s Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, today announced up to $51.2 million for 19 digital infrastructure projects under the National Trade Corridors Fund. By supporting the use of innovative technologies for stronger supply chains, the Government of Canada is ensuring that goods move faster and cheaper, making life more affordable for Canadians. 

This commitment represents strong collaboration with stakeholders across the country on important digital projects to better address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s ports. By strategically investing in our supply chains, the Government of Canada is paving the way for sustained growth, creating opportunities for businesses to thrive domestically and compete on the global stage.

The project funding recipients include: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, OEC Group, Canadian National Railway, PSA Halifax, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Western Canada Shippers Coalition, Halifax Port Authority, Port of Quebec, Prince Rupert Port Authority and Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

AI-enabled project at HOPA facilities

As part of the cross-Canada announcement, Minister Rodriguez announced funding for a new Intelligent Vehicle Management System at HOPA’s port facilities.

The project will use AI-enabled technology to monitor the number and type of trucks, how they are entering and exiting the port, and how long they are queuing. “This will give us the information we need to make operational improvements like creating staging areas and improving scheduling,” said HOPA Ports President & CEO, Ian Hamilton. “Data is a powerful resource that can help us improve supply chains and the environmental performance of our transportation system. We are grateful for the collaboration of Transport Canada in helping us launch this future-minded initiative.”

The implementation of the $512,354 project is expected to kick off in 2024, funded on a 50/50 basis by HOPA Ports and the NTCF program.

(Port of Hamilton photo)


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