Federal government announces more funding for Port of Windsor warehouse

Federal government announces more funding for Port of Windsor warehouse

Published May 26, 2023  •  Last updated 7 hours ago  •  2 minute read

Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra shakes hands with Essex Terminal Railway Company workers at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023.
Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra shakes hands with Essex Terminal Railway Company workers at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

The Port of Windsor’s cargo terminal infrastructure will receive up to $12.5M in help from the federal government.

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Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra was in Windsor on Friday morning to announce the funding, which will go to the Essex Terminal Railway Company for construction of a new warehouse and expansion of the port’s shore wall.

The investment improves upon Alghabra’s previous announcement of $5M for the project, publicized in July 2022.

According to Alghabra, the funding is part of an ongoing long-term effort to shift transportation of goods away from commercial trucks and towards trains and ships — thus reducing congestion and pollution along the Highway 401 corridor.

Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra addresses media at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023.
Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra addresses media at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

“Efficient and reliable transportation is crucial for affordable living and economic growth,” Alghabra stated in a release.

The new warehouse should particularly help movement of steel and aluminum products, while the shore wall expansion is meant to help prevent erosion and flooding.

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  1. Standing on a locomotive on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, ahead of an announcement of federal support for a new Windsor warehouse were, from left, Tony De Thomasis, president and CEO of Essex Terminal Railway/Morterm Limited; Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra; Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk; Stephen Mackenzie, president and CEO of Invest WindsorEssex; and Steve Salmons, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

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The Essex Terminal Railway connects the shoreline of the Windsor-Detroit gateway to the freight railroads that cross North America, including Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, and CSX Transportation.

The railway company is owned by Essex Morterm Holdings, who also own the marine cargo facility of Morterm Limited and the vehicle storage facility of Motipark Limited.

The $12.5M investment is coming from the National Trade Corridors Fund.

Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk, who joined Alghabra for Friday’s announcement, described the federal funding as “significant,” and said it further solidifies the Port of Windsor as “a key trade hub.”

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Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra (right) speaks with Essex Terminal Railway CEO Tony De Thomasis (centre) and Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk (left) at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023.
Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra (right) speaks with Essex Terminal Railway CEO Tony De Thomasis (centre) and Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk (left) at the Port of Windsor on May 26, 2023. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

“This is another critical piece that unlocks our region’s prosperity,” Kusmierczyk said.

Tony De Thomasis, president and CEO of Essex Terminal Railway, Morterm Limited, and Motipark Limited, said both the company and the Port of Windsor are appreciative of the investment, as it will better equip the region to access new export markets.

“Further investment in our region will bring us even closer to bringing to fruition the multi-modal hub that this area needs — one that supports supply chains, reduces port congestion, creates new jobs, and encourages economic development in sustainable and innovative ways,” Thomasis stated.

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