Canada Invests C$1.9B for Trade Corridor Projects

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd.’s (pictured) Phase 2 Expansion is among the 89 projects that have been supported through Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund, which was established in 2017.

Alberta Midland Railway Terminal Ltd.’s (pictured) Phase 2 Expansion is among the 89 projects that have been supported through Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund, which was established in 2017.

Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) has received an additional C$1.9 billion (US$1.52 billion) to finance new projects that support Canadian road, rail, air and marine shipping route improvements “to foster domestic and international trade.”

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Eligible to apply: provincial, territorial and municipal governments; Indigenous groups; not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations; federal Crown Corporations or agencies; Canadian Port Authorities; National Airport System airport authorities; and academia.

The government of Canada’s 2021 budget provided NTCF with the additional funding over four years, bringing the total NTCF envelope to C$4.2 billion (US$3.36 billion) since 2017.

The fund ensures that Canada’s transportation system is “well-positioned to attract further private-sector investment; reduce barriers to trade; and help businesses grow, create jobs, and remain competitive through the pandemic recovery period,” according to Transport Canada. It also “builds long-term resilience, and addresses urgent transportation needs in the Arctic and Northern regions by ensuring that at least 15% of the renewed funding is strictly dedicated to this region.”

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra

To date, C$1.9 billion (US$1.52 billion) has been committed for 89 national projects, which represent a total investment of C$3.9 billion (US$3.12 billion) from the federal government and private- and public-sector partners.

“By funding investments in our roads, rail, air and marine shipping routes, we’re building Canada back better while increasing our competitiveness globally,” Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said.

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