Cornwall last port divested by feds

by MM&D Online Staff

CORNWALL, Ontario—The Cornwall Port Facility is being transferred to the City of Cornwall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

The transfer agreement includes a contribution of $5.3 million from the Government of Canada to cover operational costs and to maintain the Port’s infrastructure.

The transferred port facility is located in the South Central area of the City of Cornwall on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

“The transfer of the Port of Cornwall signals a new era of cooperation and collaboration between our two communities. By taking ownership of the Port, we will collectively oversee the future use of a key piece of our waterfront,” said Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Mayor of Cornwall.

This divested property totals 7.93 hectares and consists of an upland area located at the north shore of the St.Lawrence, as well as an adjoining waterlot. The Cornwall Port Facility also includes a wharf mainly used for commercial activities.

The Cornwall Port Facility is the final port to be divested under Transport Canada’s former Port Divestiture Program. Building on the success of this Program, the new Ports Asset Transfer Program was launched in April 2015 to facilitate the transfer of the remaining 50 port facilities in Transport Canada’s inventory to local interests.