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Garneau announces merger of ports of Hamilton and Oshawa


2019-06-05

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the Government of Canada's decision to amalgamate  the Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities to form the new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. The new entity on Lake Ontario will represent Canada's largest Great Lakes port.

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 newly amalgamated port will be better able to attract investment, develop the supply chain, and enhance the region's global connectivity and competitiveness, stated a press release. "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.

"The Government of Canada remains committed to improving the country's competitiveness in international trade and promoting employment opportunities for the middle class. The new Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority will optimize the economic growth of the southern Ontario region," said Minister Garneau.

The Oshawa Port Authority was established in 2012, and the Hamilton Port Authority in 2001.The Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities carry 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 amalgamation is directly aligned with Transportation 2030, a vision for Canada's transportation system fostered by the Liberal government.



Port Oshawa Photo:QSL

 
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