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Transport Canada announces $6.7m in funding to increase capacity at Port of Thunder Bay


The Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, Ontario, Marcus Powlowski, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez today announced an investment of up to $6.7 million for two projects to boost capacity at the Port of Thunder Bay through the National Trade Corridors Fund.

This commitment aims to enhance reliable trade flows with global markets, foster increased exports and optimize the efficiency of Canada’s national transportation system.

The Government of Canada will contribute:

  • Up to $3 million to the Port of Thunder Bay to redevelop the existing marshalling yard at the Ports Keefer Terminal. Adding new heavyweight rail track and switches will increase the Port’s cargo handling capabilities and will provide opportunities to attract new markets and improve supply chain fluidity.
  • Up to $3.7 million to the Port of Thunder Bay to enhance the Port’s capacity by:
    • upgrading the wharf at Keefer Terminal;
    • expanding the terminal’s cargo laydown area;
    • developing the electrical infrastructure for the new laydown area; and
    • improving the rail crossing infrastructure between Keefer Terminal and the marshalling yard.

These projects will grow the Northern Ontario economy by supporting various important industries including grain, potash, steel, wind turbine components, transformers, and phosphate fertilizers.

(Port of Thunder Bay photo)