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Two container inspection facilities announced, one at TFN
The federal government and Port Metro Vancouver announced $49.9 million in funding for two new marine container examination facilities in order to meet the anticipated growth in container volume through Deltaport.
A statement released Wednesday (Sept. 5) said the Roberts Bank facility will be located on Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) industrial lands, at the east end of the Deltaport causeway, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. The second, at Burrard Inlet, will open in the fall of that year.
“TFN is very pleased to be hosting this important Roberts Bank facility on Tsawwassen Lands. This investment will help position the Tsawwassen Gateway Logistics Park as the location of choice for the supply chain sector in the Lower Mainland," Chief Bryce Williams said in the media release.
Minister of National Revenue and Delta-Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne Findlay said having a new container inspection facility close to Deltaport will create jobs in the community and reduce commercial truck traffic, in turn lowering emissions and noise levels in South Delta.
Minister of International Trade Ed Fast was also on hand for the announcement, with the message that the Harper government's $49.9 million contribution is part of its commitment to the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
He said a total of $106 million in combined investments from the federal government and Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) will strengthen the border, improve marine container inspection capacity, and improve efficiency at PMV, helping make Canada the "gateway of choice" between Asia and North America.
“Our government’s top priority remains the economy and creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in every region of Canada,” said Fast. “That’s why I am proud to announce our government’s investment which will help increase our exports to new markets by moving goods, services and people in a more effective manner. These investments will also facilitate our growing trade and investment ties to fast-growing Asia-Pacific markets and build on our competitive advantages.”