Multi-level funding will rehab St. Lawrence port

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Contributions from the federal government, local municipality and the Quebec government will assist in the rehabilitation of the Port of Forestville, Quebec.

Located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Côte-Nord region about half-way between Quebec City and Sept-Îles, the port handles approximately 65,000 tons of mainly dry bulk goods. A 50-kilometre-long ferry service also operates between Forestville and Rimouski on the south shore. It moves close to 40,000 passengers and 20,000 vehicles every year.

The rehabilitation will include a curtain wall attached to new anchor blocks. The wharf will be re-decked and partly covered in gravel. The project will ensure the wharf is in compliance with current regulations, and up to safety standards.

The federal government is contributing more than $1.1 million to the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The town of Forestville is providing more than $2.1 million in funding. The Government of Quebec has not yet announced how much it will contribute.

“This investment in the rehabilitation of the Forestville port facilities results from unprecedented cooperation between the three orders of government – local, provincial and federal – and the business community,” said  Micheline Anctil, mayor of Forestville.

“The rehabilitation of the wharf will help strengthen and develop Forestville’s position as the centre of regional transportation and business, generating significant benefits not only for Forestville, but also for all Upper North Shore communities. This will also significantly contribute to making the St. Lawrence River a sustainable source of economic and environmental growth.”

The federal government has invested more $7.5 billion in 3,628 infrastructure projects in Quebec since 2015.

Between 2015 and 2020, the Government of Quebec has invested $200 million in marine transportation infrastructure through the Programme de soutien aux investissements dans les infrastructures de transport maritime. The Plan québécois des infrastructures aims to invest $130.5 billion between 2020 and 2030.