Redevelopment of Matane’s Port Infrastructure

A structural analysis report produced in 2018 by Transport Canada demonstrated that Matane’s commercial wharf has reached the end of its utility. Its load-bearing capacity is significantly diminished and some sections of the wharf have been condemned, meaning they no longer meet users’ needs. This project consists of redeveloping Matane’s port facilities: rebuilding the commercial wharf, adding another berth, and modernizing port facilities.

The redevelopment project relates to the commercial wharf belonging to the Government of Quebec, which is managed by the Société portuaire du Bas-Saint-Laurent et de la Gaspésie.

The port

Image en plongée du port de Matane

Vocation

The Port of Matane is industrial and commercial, it is defined as a port complex, given the diversity of its terminals. It is home to a commercial wharf belonging to the Government of Quebec which is managed by the Société portuaire du Bas-Saint-Laurent et de la Gaspésie (SPBSG), a fishing wharf administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Société des traversiers du Québec ferry and rail ferry terminals.

A busy port, it plays a strategic role in the region’s commercial and economic development.

Social and Economic Impacts

300 000

Over 300,000 tonnes of goods transshipped annually

$78M

Over $78 million in annual economic benefits

750

Close to 750 people employed directly and indirectly through port activities

Challenges

1

The commercial wharf has reached the end of its utility and no longer meets its users’ needs.

2

Although the Port of Matane is in high demand given the regional ecosystem, it has only one berth. As such, vessels are regularly left waiting at sea for a space to dock and transship goods.

3

The port is lacking storage space.

4

Until the wharf is rebuilt, there are limited possibilities for development.

1

The commercial wharf has reached the end of its utility and no longer meets its users’ needs.

2

Although the Port of Matane is in high demand given the regional ecosystem, it has only one berth. As such, vessels are regularly left waiting at sea for a space to dock and transship goods.

3

The port is lacking storage space.

4

Until the wharf is rebuilt, there are limited possibilities for development.

This project will have a long-term impact on the region’s economy and help attract businesses to the La Matanie area.

Project

Aims

Maintain safe port operations until the existing wharf can be rebuilt.

Enable the reconstruction of the commercial wharf while maintaining port operations.

Provide a prospect for economic development for the region by increasing port use by adding a second berth and storage area.

Establish a ten-year dredging program to allow maintenance dredging for the safety of port operations.

Provide port facilities that meet the current needs of users.

Anticipated Timeline

1

Reinforcement of existing wharf slab

2

Contracts awarded to environment and marine engineering companies

3

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Studies and analysis

4

Plans and specifications – Authorizations, permits and consultations

5

Construction work

Required Approvals

Drapeau du Québec

Government of Quebec

  • Governmental decree following the environmental impact assessment (Environment Quality Act).
  • Environmental approval from the Quebec Ministry of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks (Environment Quality Act).

Government of Canada

  • Approval from Environment and Climate Change Canada following the environmental impact assessment (Environment Quality Act).
  • Approval from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act, Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations).
  • Approval from Transport Canada to carry out construction work likely to interfere with navigation (The Canadian Navigable Waters Act).
Drapeau du Canada

Documents

Visit the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs website for more information.

The Consultation Process

Matane’s port infrastructure is located in close proximity to a populated area and sensitive areas for marine wildlife and flora. The SPBSG is committed to maintaining harmony with coastal communities and the wildlife and flora habitats around the port. Furthermore, the SPBSG would like to establish a structured approach to maintaining a positive relationship with the community throughout the project. This will involve consulting with the project’s stakeholders in order to notify them of the issues with the current infrastructure, the proposed solutions, the anticipated impact and the planned mitigative actions. The consultations will also be an opportunity to hear and take into account the stakeholders’ concerns in order to adapt the project to Matane’s social, economic and environmental context.

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