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Letter to the Prime Minister : Empowering Ports Within Canada’s Sustainable Recovery

October 25, 2021

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

On behalf of the members of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), I would like to extend congratulations on your government’s recent re-election.  This new Parliament promises to be instrumental in positioning Canada for its post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

Canada has weathered the COVID-19 crisis with commitment and innovation.  Throughout this time, Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) have been doing their part to continue operations, move cargo, employ people, and support communities in a sustainable, safe and innovative manner, all with remarkably little disruption.  As generators of wealth, innovation and sustainability, CPAs are well-positioned to help drive Canada’s economic recovery.

Now, Canadians are looking to the future and how we will emerge and prosper.  The COVID-19 recovery is a unique and critical opportunity to transition or even catapult Canada into the position of global leader in green, inclusive, digital, and resilient port supply chains.  The recovery will require trade and global connections to build wealth and CPAs can facilitate this.  Our association is eager to work with your government, including Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada, on how trade-enabling ports of the future can be a cornerstone of this recovery and the accelerating global fuel transition.

There is an urgency to our offer to work with you to develop the sustainable port infrastructure needed to ensure that Canada remains connected with global fuel and trade flows.  Changing and increasing capacity demands, the energy transition, environmental regulatory requirements and global fleet renewal to larger vessels are factors driving the need for CPA infrastructure that is built for the net-zero fleets and fuels of the future.

Ports around the world that were already innovating pre-pandemic have accelerated their responses and governments have pledged support and stimulus for sustainable port infrastructure.  The maritime energy transition will rely on shore-side, port infrastructure to support the new fuels and technologies that vessels will be moving to in the quest for sustainability and net-zero.  Canada’s ports have a short time frame to prepare for these changes and will need policy and funding supports to do so.

Once again Prime Minister, congratulations on your party’s election win. The Association of Canadian Port Authorities looks forward to working with your government in building Canada’s economic capacity and recovery for the benefit of all Canadians coast to coast to coast and ensuring that no one is left behind.

Sincerely,

Debbie Murray
Acting President
Association of Canadian Port Authorities

 

CC. Katie Telford, Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister
Dominic Cormier, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister
Janice Charette, Interim Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet
Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council & Associate Secretary
Michael Sabia, Deputy Minister of Finance
Michael Keenan, Deputy Minister of Transport
Peter Wallace, Secretary of the Treasury Board
John Hannaford, Deputy Minister of Trade
Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada
Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure
Jean-François TremblayDeputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada 

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The Association of Canadian Port Authorities elects Carl Laberge as Chair of its Board of Directors

At its Annual General Meeting held earlier today, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) appointed Carl Laberge, General Manager and CEO of the Saguenay Port Authority, as Chair of its Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Read more: The Association of Canadian Port Authorities elects Carl Laberge as Chair of its Board of Directors

 

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Water Levels – April 2021

At the beginning of April, 2021, all of the Great Lakes were at least 24 cm above their chart datum level.

Lake Superior’s beginning-of-April level was 20 cm above average, which is 16 cm lower than last year.

Lake Michigan–Huron’s beginning-of-April level was 60 cm above average and 34 cm lower than it was last year. This is the 9th highest in the period of record, with a level that is 34 cm lower than the previous beginning-of-month record for April, set in 2020.

Lake Erie was 44 cm above average at the beginning of April and 45 cm lower than the record high last year at this time.

Lake Ontario’s level at the start of April was 21 cm below average and 68 cm lower than the water level from last year.

Read more: Environment and Climate Change Canada, Volume 29, Number 4, April 2021

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Windsor Port Authority Board Appointment

The Province of Ontario has named Sophia Chisholm, CPA, CA, as its appointment to the Windsor Port Authority’s Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Ontario Minister of Transportation, the Hon Caroline Mulroney.

Read the full Release: Sophia Chisholm Appointed to Windsor Port Authority Board

 

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Media Release: Socks for the Homeless

Port Windsor has donated 850 socks to 4 homeless shelters in Windsor.  This represents one pair for each of the 850 workers, who come to work each day at Port Windsor.

Frigid temperatures during this current polar vortex have put the homeless at particular risk of exposure and frostbite.  The availability of new, clean socks is critical to weathering the current temperatures.

Read the full release: Socks for the Homeless

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Developing a Hub

 

Just think about these numbers:

  • $5.7 billion project value spanning two nations
  • 2,500 construction jobs
  • 25,000 truckloads of concrete (lined up end-end, they stretch from Windsor to Chicago)
  • 22,000 metric tons of Canadian and U.S. steel
  • 5,000 metric tons of cabling — the weight of 2,500 Windsor-built mini-vans

By every measure and perspective, these are mega-project numbers and the very definition of economic prosperity.

The new Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB), adding a second bridge connecting the highways of Ontario and Michigan, at the busiest trade crossing in North America, is so much more than this.  It presents an opportunity for immediate and temporary project benefits, as well as for the future prosperity of both Canada and the United States.

Read the full editorial compliments of Great Lakes Seaway Review Volume 49 Number 2.

 

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Media Release: The Salvation Army Red Kettle Donation

Port Windsor has donated $2500 to The Salvation Army‘s Annual Red Kettle Campaign. The funds have been re-purposed from the usual year-end festivities and recognitions to the priority of our community supports. From food hampers to helping put toys and clothes under the tree, The Salvation Army is providing practical assistance to those in need this Christmas.

Read the full release: Tis the Season to Give

Steve Salmons, Port Windsor President & CEO, presents Major Danny Pinksen, of the Salvation Army, $2500 in support of The Salvation Army Annual Red Kettle Campaign, December 16, 2020.

 

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Media Release: Historic Artifacts Donation

Romeo Machine Shop has donated several historic marine artifacts preserved from the former Matt Shipyard to the Port of Windsor for preservation, and safekeeping.

Vince Del Duca, Romeo Machine Shop President and Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO, are shown above with the 8-tonne anchor from Canada Steamship Lines’ ship, the Fort Chambly.  The ship caught fire December 6, 1988 while in Port Windsor and ultimately did not operate again.

Joseph and Vince Del Duca, from Romeo Machine Shop, load mooring bollards that will find a new home within one of Port Windsor’s Outdoor Museums, Prosperity Place and Queen’s Dock.

Read the full Media Release.

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Media Release – Give a Smile. Get a Smile.

Port Windsor has purchased 100 dozen Tim Hortons Smile Cookies to bring smiles to the 846 essential port workers who have persevered over the summer to ensure the goods critical to our local economy continue to flow.  All proceeds from the purchase of the cookies will support the vital programmes of the John McGivney Children’s Centre and W.E. Care for Kids.

Read the full release: Give a Smile. Get a Smile.

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