The City of Oshawa received notice this week that the federal government intends to amalgamate the Oshawa and Hamilton port authorities to form a new entity. On February 5, Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced on newswire the government’s intent to amalgamate the two ports. The formal announcement will be published on February 9, and mark the beginning of a 30-day consultation period. Interested parties will have until March 11 to submit comments.
“On behalf of City Council and staff, we were taken back by the Government of Canada’s premature announcement that it intends to amalgamate the two ports,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter.
City staff will be reviewing the formal notice and will report to Council with recommendations. The City recently participated in Transport Canada’s Canadian Port Modernization Review and provided comments on the themes of communication, land use, innovation, safety, sustainability and governance. Approved by Council in September 2018, the City’s submission noted that the Port of Oshawa is a key economic contributor, handling an average of approximately $23 million worth of cargo annually, including products such as salt, steel, asphalt and grain. The report further highlighted that the Oshawa Port has handled more than 500 vessels carrying over three million metric tonnes of cargo over the last decade.
The Port of Oshawa has a long-standing history as a centre of trade and vital transportation link for key industries dating back to the 1800s. Today, the Port of Oshawa is an integral transportation asset to the local economy and beyond, helping businesses export and import competitively and offering an integrated transportation network with direct access to air, rail, seaway and highway.