Trois-Rivières Port Authority (TRPA) released the results of the study on the economic impact of port operations for 2011. This study was conducted by the SECOR, an economic analysis firm, and shows that operations at the Port of Trois-Rivières generated 949 direct jobs in 2011, compared to 848 in 2010 and 767 in 2008, when On Course for 2020 was implemented. These figures represent increases of 11% and 24%, respectively. To this were added, in 2011, 973 indirect and induced jobs for a total of 1,922 jobs, an 11% increase over 2010 and a 19% increase over 2008. The economic benefits in 2011 amounted to 158 million dollars, compared to 138 in 2010 and 128 in 2008, or increases of 14% and 23%.

“These results speak for themselves because they once again demonstrate the Port of Trois-Rivières’ role as an economic lever and validate the relevance of On Course for 2020, the modernization plan, of which Phase I was completed in January 2011,” says Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of TRPA.  “The im­provements have made Port of Trois­-Rivières more efficient and competitive, while ensuring that its facilities blend harmoniously into the urban environment and increase regional benefits. This is excellent news for our users, the workers and the regional community, and it spurs us on to greater efforts to engage Phase II of On Course for 2020,” he adds.

These benefits pertain to the day-to-day operations of the Port of Trois-Rivières and do not take into account the benefits generated by work on Phase I of On Course for 2020. This work necessitated an investment of over $23 million, which generated 247 direct, indirect and induced jobs, and resulted in $17.1 million in economic benefits and $4.6 million dollars in tax revenues.