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March 13, 2015 – Ottawa – Transport Canada

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced that the Government of Canada is launching a call for proposals for infrastructure projects in British Columbia, creating jobs and economic growth, and moving goods, services and people to and from the fast-growing Asia-Pacific economies.

Approximately $16.5 million in contribution funds is available under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund (APGCTIF) to support projects aimed at making Canada’s multimodal transportation network more efficient for international trade with Asia-Pacific.

Provincial, municipal, not-for-profit and for-profit private sector organizations are encouraged to apply for funding by April 30, 2015. Approved projects must be fully completed by December 31, 2017.

Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway is a seamless network of seaports, airports, railways, roadways and border crossings that reaches across Western Canada. Launched in 2006, the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) aims to make Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway the best transportation network, facilitating global supply chains between North America and Asia. To date, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $1.4 billion in APGCI infrastructure projects, in partnership with all four Western provinces, municipalities and the private sector, for a total project value of approximately $3.5 billion.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has concluded Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, Jordan and Peru. Our government has also concluded negotiations on the historic Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Most notably, we completed the landmark Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA):

  • The CKFTA came into force on January 1st, 2015, providing Canadians with preferential market access to South Korea’s 50 million consumers.
  • South Korea is not only a major economic partner for Canada, but it will also serves as a gateway for Canadian businesses into the fast growing, dynamic Asia-Pacific region.
  • The Agreement is projected to increase Canadian merchandise exports to South Korea by 32 percent and boost Canada’s economy by $1.7 billion; it will benefit Canadians in every sector and every region of this country.

Quick Facts

  • Canada depends heavily on trade to sustain incomes and living standards of Canadians and the prosperity of the nation.
  • One in five jobs in Canada and 60 percent of our GDP are directly linked to exports.
  • We know that as trade increases, so does our nation’s prosperity, which creates and protects jobs and puts more money into the pockets of hard-working Canadians.
  • When Canada trades, the whole country becomes more competitive, as prices for goods and services fall; wages, salaries and our standard of living rise; businesses can hire more workers; and Canadian families benefit from greater choice and selection in goods and services.

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“The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative aims to make Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway the transportation network of choice for trade between North America and Asia, and is critical to our government’s pro-trade plan by opening new markets, increasing exports, and creating jobs and prosperity for all Canadians. We are pleased to launch this call for proposals, building further on our success to date.”
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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Contacts

Zach Segal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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