Almost $30 million will be spent to modernize and improve the Port of Oshawa.
The improvements will update the port’s transportation infrastructure, extend the dock wall, remove the old shed so more cargo can be unloaded on the dock, and create a ring road so trucks can move into and through the site faster.
“This project will finally give Durham farmers the ability to move quickly and efficiently into and through the port of Oshawa to fill vessels. Until now, we’ve seen Durham farmers having to truck their gain clear across the GTA to Hamilton. Hopefully we can put an end to a lot of that, giving farmers their time back and taking those trucks off the (Hwy.) 401,” said Ian Hamilton, CEO of the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.
The Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority is contributing $16 million to the modernization improvements.
On Monday, June 27, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced the federal government would invest approximately $14 million for an export expansion project at the Port of Oshawa.
“Our government has been seized by putting a lot of effort and investment into expanding our supply chain and adding more resilience. Not only for our economy, but also to deal with the pressure on inflation. Today’s announcement will help build on our effort to ease the pressure on our supply chain, to confront the inflation that Canadians and businesses are dealing with,” said Minister Alghabra.
The port improvement project is a big step forward, made possible by a recent change in the relationship between the City and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.
“They replaced 30 years of dispute with $30 million in investment,” said Oshawa councilor Brian Nicholson, who represents the area.
Last fall, Oshawa finalized a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Port Authority. In October, Oshawa council voted to provide a letter supporting the Port of Oshawa Export Expansion Project Submission to Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund. The city supported the project because the funds could help improve the port’s services to the local economy and Durham Region’s agricultural community.
“We work better together than in opposition,” said Coun. Nicholson. “For the first time we’re going to have an effective, modern port and a good neighbor as well.”
Work will begin soon on new infrastructure built to modernize operations in the port’s main area and improvements to expand marine infrastructure, upgrading storage and container terminals, and extend and pave roads in the harbour. This upgrade will also increase grain exports and improve the flow of deliveries.
“This announcement is a really big deal, not only for Oshawa … This is a really big deal for ridings like mine, in north Pickering and Uxbridge the farming communities now have direct access to get their products to market,” said Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jennifer O’Connell. “Over 200 farms and businesses in Durham will be able to access the port here and get their products to market.”