The start is almost given for the Contrecoeur terminal of the Port of Montreal. The government of Quebec is providing $ 55 million to support the project and give the green light to its construction.
The Minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, made the announcement Tuesday, in virtual press briefing.
“The contribution will be used to start the project,” she said. At the same time, Quebec undertakes to assume half of the invoice for the start-up phase of the port project. The other portion will be entrusted to the Montreal Port Authority (APM).
Overall, the estimated bill for Port Contrecoeur, on the South Shore, should reach between $ 750 million and $ 950 million.
Work will begin in spring 2022, a year later than the date scheduled for this summer, when APM submitted its first call for tenders for the project.
The Port Terminal project in Contrecoeur has been part of the Port of Montreal’s plans for years. The large site should be set up in the city of the same name, where 5,000 jobs should theoretically be created. Contrecoeur is located on the shores of the St. Lawrence, east of Montreal.
The terminal, which will settle in the natural habitat of the copper redhorse, an endangered fish, is not unanimous. Just last week, environmental groups filed a lawsuit request against the Government of Canada to commit to protecting the habitat of this St. Lawrence regular.
The federal government has already invested in the project. At the end of 2019, the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced financial support of $ 300 million, although the environmental assessment has not yet been filed.
A year later, that evaluation arrived. According to officials from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, Contrecoeur will not have a significant negative effect.
Further details will follow.