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Federal Government Endorses National Corridor Concept 

 
(ACEC President and CEO John Gamble testifying before the Standing Committee on Finance September 21, 2017)

Federal government broadly agrees with Senate committee report endorsed by ACEC.

The federal government has said it broadly agrees with a Senate committee report endorsed by ACEC arguing for the creation of a national trade and infrastructure corridor in Canada’s North.

As part of pre-budget testimony to the House of Commons Finance Committee and as part of Parliament Hill Day, ACEC had recommended that the government adopt the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce’s June 2017 report, National Corridor: Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Internal Trade.

In response to the report, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government “agrees with the committee’s finding that improving national transportation and communication networks will encourage economic growth and facilitate exports.” The minister also endorsed the committee’s finding that Indigenous peoples’ early participation in these sorts of infrastructure projects is critical to success.

While the government did not explicitly pledge money to researchers who have been studying the potential for a trade corridor in Canada’s North — as the committee had recommended — the minister noted these parties can apply for grants from the National Trade Corridors Fund, which was launched shortly after the release of the committee’s report to address Canada’s long-term infrastructure needs.

ACEC has endorsed an application by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy to the National Trade Corridors Fund to continues its development of a feasibility study for such a Corridor.