Stewart port receives $13 million to boost capacity

The federal government is spending $13.1 million to help grow capacity at northern B.C.'s newest port.

Transport Canada announced the funding for the Stewart World Port on Friday, Aug. 2, for bulk loading conveyor systems and power and control facilities. The project will increase capacity for wood, mineral, and agricultural export products from northern B.C., the Yukon, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, the government said.

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"Our government is investing in Canada's economy by making improvements to our trade and transportation corridors," Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.

"We are supporting projects to efficiently move goods to market and people to their destinations, stimulate economic growth, create quality middle-class jobs, and ensure that Canada's transportation networks remain competitive and efficient."

The project will create an estimated 275 jobs during construction, the government said.

The port opened in 2015, the first commercial wharf on B.C.’s coast in more than 30 years. It's owned and led by Ted Pickell of Fort St. John.

“I have known Chairman and CEO Ted Pickell for many years, and I know how important it is to him and the region that we in the North have greater access to international markets," said MP Bob Zimmer.

“Before we were working to put Stewart World Port on the map, now we will work to make it a major port on that map.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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