Canada Infrastructure Bank Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur Port Expansion Project

Canada Infrastructure Bank Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur Port Expansion Project

CIB’s first project in the trade and transportation sector

August 14, 2019

MONTREAL – The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) announces that it will work with the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecoeur, where the port plans to expand its activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding confirms that CIB and MPA will work on the financial structuring of the proposed terminal. This due diligence will include planning and pre-procurement activities for the design, the construction, the financing, the operation and the maintenance of the terminal. CIB’s work could lead to an investment in the project, subject to all standard due diligence and decision making.

The objective of the new terminal is to continue to enable importers and exporters to get products to market in a timely fashion and to support Canada’s economic growth and international trade. The terminal in Contrecoeur would enhance the port’s infrastructure that supports the flow of goods from container ships and increases current and future capacity for the next decades.

The Port of Montreal is the only container port in the province of Quebec and the largest port in Eastern Canada. In 2018 alone, it handled more than 1.7 million containers.

The CIB has specialized infrastructure expertise and this project is consistent with its mandate to advise on and potentially invest in trade and transportation infrastructure projects that are revenue-generating and in the public interest.

Quick Facts:

  • CIB is focused on transformational projects that are revenue-generating and in the public interest. Public transit, trade and transportation, green infrastructure and broadband are the priority sectors for investment.
  • As a Crown corporation, CIB is mandated to use $35 billion in federal funding to attract private sector and institutional investment and to work with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous and private partners to transform the way infrastructure is planned, funded and delivered in Canada.
  • CIB’s Board of Directors is responsible for independently making investment decisions.
  • Montreal Port Authority’s proposed Contrecoeur expansion will result in a new infrastructure to help Canadian importers and exporters get products to market in a timely fashion by increasing capacity.
  • The Port of Montreal provides the shortest direct route from Europe and the Mediterranean to North America.


The Canada Infrastructure Bank is proud to contribute its expertise to the development of the port terminal project in Contrecoeur to maximize its commercial value and attract private investors. Our collaboration with the Montreal Port Authority demonstrates our commitment to developing trade and transportation infrastructure that will support Canadian economic growth in a responsible, efficient and sustainable manner. This project represents the type of initiatives the CIB intends to develop to diversify and expand Canadian trade.

Pierre Lavallée, President and CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

This commitment by the Canada Infrastructure Bank is a key milestone in the progress of our project towards its completion. This collaboration with this new partner confirms the national importance of our project, whose purpose is to support the growth of international trade for Canada.

Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority

The collaboration between the Montreal Port Authority and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) embodies the reasons for the creation of the CIB by the Government of Canada. The CIB has the investment expertise to help the MPA maximize the economic potential of the port terminal project in Contrecoeur. The joint work will ensure that Canadians derive maximum benefit from the expansion of the Port of Montreal’s activities, which is a vital contributor to the country’s economic growth.

Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Learn More:

Montreal Port Authority
Canada Infrastructure Bank
Contrecoeur Port Terminal Project Page


Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Montreal Chamber of Commerce
We salute the commitment of the CIB, which supports the realization of a highly strategic project for Greater Montreal. This commitment demonstrates the importance of the expansion of the Port of Montreal to Contrecoeur to ensure the economic growth of the city and of Canada as a whole. Considering the investments already announced for the VIA Rail EMR and High Frequency Train, we are very pleased to see that the CIB continues to support projects that are structuring for the metropolitan region.

(Full statement here – French only)

Sylvie Vachon, CEO, Port of Montreal
This commitment by the @cib_en is a milestone for the advancement of our project #terminalContrecœur towards its realization. This collaboration confirms the national importance of our project.

Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce
Announcement this morning of the collaboration agreement between @cib_en and @PortMTL for a possible investment for the container terminal, represents a step further for the advancement of expansion projects to #Contrecoeur

Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Metropolitan Montreal
Collaborative announcement this morning between @cib_en and PortMTL for the advancement of the project from the new terminal to #Contrecœur. Good news for the hub of Greater Montreal!