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Government to explore ways to protect the Chignecto Isthmus Trade Corridor from climate change

The study will involve a comprehensive engineering assessment of existing infrastructure, consultation with stakeholders, and options to protect and sustain the Chignecto Isthmus Trade Corridor.


Government Press Release 14 May 2018, 02:33 PM Canada
  • Canada government announced an investment of CAD 350,000 for a study that will explore viable options to climate change impacts on the Chignecto Isthmus Trade Corridor. (Image Credit: Nova Scotia)

The quality of Canada’s transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country’s trade corridors is key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth.

Today, Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced an investment of CAD 350,000 for a study that will explore viable options to climate change impacts on the Chignecto Isthmus Trade Corridor between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Climate change, specifically rising sea levels and storm surges, pose a risk to the critical infrastructure within the Isthmus, including the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian National rail line, electricity transmission lines and agricultural dikes. The study will involve a comprehensive engineering assessment of existing infrastructure, consultation with stakeholders, and options to protect and sustain the Chignecto Isthmus Trade Corridor. The Chignecto Isthmus is an economically important transportation corridor that carries an estimated CAD 50 million per day in trade. This project is led by the Government of New Brunswick in partnership with the Government of Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada’s continued success in international trade.  For example, projects being funded will:

  • support economic activity and the physical movement of goods or people in Canada;
  • help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and make sure it is able to support new technologies and innovation;
  • address transportation bottlenecks and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors; and
  • increase the fluidity of Canadian trade around the world through our ports, airports, roads, railways, intermodal facilities, bridges and border crossings.

Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations, federal Crown Corporations, Canadian Port Authorities, and National Airport System Airport Authorities are all eligible for funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund.

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