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Ontario ports of Oshawa and Hamilton to merge

Feds suggest new entity will be more competitive

June 6, 2019

OTTAWA – The federal government has moved to amalgamate the Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities to form the new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. On June 8, 2019, a certificate of amalgamation will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, formally announcing the amalgamated entity.

The amalgamation of the two port authorities, in effect on June 18, 2019, will maintain regular port operations in Hamilton and in Oshawa.

The Oshawa Port Authority was established in 2012, and the Hamilton Port Authority in 2001. They handle similar commodities including steel, project cargo and bulk cargo such as fertilizers, asphalt and grain.

Cargo handled at both ports produces over $6 billion in economic activity and 4500 direct and indirect jobs.

The newly amalgamated port will be better able to attract investment, develop the supply chain, and enhance the region’s global connectivity and competitiveness.  Amalgamation will strengthen economic opportunity in the region and will enable a coordinated approach to port development and contribute to broadening multimodal transportation options in the Greater Toronto Area.

This action follows the publication of the Certificate of intent to amalgamate both port authorities on February 9, 2019, after which the Government undertook a 45-day public consultation period, inviting interested parties to provide their comments.