The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is developing a container terminal project at Contrecœur. This large-scale project aims to support the growth of the container market in Quebec and Eastern Canada.
The Port of Montreal has been handling containers since 1967, and this business segment is growing steadily. The Viau container terminal, commissioned in 2016, is tangible proof of this sustained growth. When completed, the new terminal will bring the Port’s total container handling capacity to 2.1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) on the Island of Montreal. The new port area under development at Contrecœur will make it possible to accommodate this organic growth and make the most of business opportunities arising from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Quebec Maritime Strategy.
Between 1988 and 1992, the Port of Montreal acquired 468 hectares of land including 4 km of shoreline and a terminal that has been operating since the 1950s at Contrecœur. The MPA is currently planning to develop a container terminal in this area. This is a strategic local because it best meets the needs and basic criteria for container handling:
- Proximity of rail and road networks
- Geometry and surface area
- Flexibility in terms of site layout
- Minimal impact on the ecological and social environment
When completed, this project will make it possible to handle 1.15 million TEUs.
In recent years, the MPA has taken steps to obtain the necessary permits to implement this project.
To encourage the project’s integration into the community, the MPA carried out a pre-consultation initiative with all stakeholders, including its business partners, the government agencies involved, local communities and interest groups.
Progress report on the project
February 2018 – After filing the project description of its expansion project at Contrecœur with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) in December 2015, the MPA completed a number of sectoral studies that contributed to its environmental impact assessment, submitted to the CEAA in September 2017. Also as part of this process, it consulted with several stakeholders involved in the project. Among other things, it held thematic workshops with various stakeholders in March 2017 and two days of open houses at Contrecœur and Verchères in May 2017.
On January 18, the CEAA posted the project’s environmental impact assessment on its website (lien). The study will be the subject of public consultations (lien), including information sessions from February 27 to March 1.
Project’s environmental impact assessment
Press release of the technical presentation to the media