By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
The federal government is planning on amalgamating the port authorities of Oshawa and Hamilton.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the plan on Tuesday (Feb. 5).
Garneau told The Oshawa Express the action is being taken to “improve efficiencies and planning in the region.”
“It will be good for both communities,” Garneau stated. “We will have more capability under one port authority.”
The federal minister says amalgamation represents a prospect to take advantage of emerging business opportunities, increase economic growth and develop the supply chain.
It is also expected the move will enhance investment and trade opportunities, and contribute to Canada’s global competitiveness.
According to Garneau, a certificate of intent will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1 on Feb. 9.
This will mark the beginning of a 30-day consultation period.
“Anybody can provide commentary,” Garneau notes.
Interested parties will have until March 11 to submit comments.
Garneau says after that date, the government will consider the feedback they receive and may confirm the amalgamation through a publication of certificate in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
The minister did not provide any specific time of when the potential amalgamation may become official.
Garneau told The Express amalgamation is something Transport Canada has been considering for a while, but there is still a ways to go.
“It is not set in stone, the government is indicating its intent, and we are inviting comment,” he added.
Garneau says there have been successful mergers of port authorities in the past, such as that of the Port of Vancouver with the Fraser River Port Authority, and North Fraser Port Authority.