On February 18, Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport announced that “the new publically-owned bridge, known as the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC), between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit Michigan can proceed without further delay”.
“As this is one of the busiest international crossings in the world, and with continued growth in trade between Canada and the United States, this a vital infrastructure project for the North American economy, and is important to many Canadian and U.S. companies”, stated Bob Ballantyne, President of the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA).
Reaching approvals for such major international projects has become more complex and time-consuming in recent decades, especially in terms of environmental approvals and arranging for financing. FMA and its members appreciate the initiative and perseverance of the Canadian government to make sure this vital project moves forward. Now that all approvals are in place, importers and exporters look forward to seeing construction move forward as quickly as possible.