Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accompanied by Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Dev­elopment Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, recently announced a $15-million investment for the modernization of the Port of Saguenay.

The project, which is estimated to cost $36 million, consists of the construction of a 12.5-kilometre rail link from the Roberval & Saguenay Railway line to the port. The project will also include construction of an intermodal rail yard at the port, including storage and handling areas, as well as railway tracks needed for transit operations. It is expected to be completed by March 31, 2014.

The project will help improve the performance, capacity and competitiveness of maritime facilities, in addition to facilitating interprovincial and international trade. The government believes that the project will foster investment, economic growth and job creation, and increase the competitiveness of Northern Quebec.