CANADA- The Government of Canada has announced a significant investment of up to US$26.3 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund to bolster Canada’s trade infrastructure and strengthen the agricultural supply chain. 

The funds will support the expansion of the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Grain Terminal at Port Windsor.

Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Official Languages, and Member of Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh announced on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez. 

The investment aims to enhance the efficiency and capacity of the grain terminal to facilitate the export of agricultural products from southwestern Ontario farmers to global markets in Europe, the United States, and Latin America.

The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Grain Terminal Expansion Project at Port Windsor includes several key components. 

  • Construction of New Grain Drying Equipment: To improve the quality and readiness of grains for export.
  • Expansion of Grain Storage Capacity: Providing additional storage facilities for agricultural production from Essex, Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, and Elgin counties.
  • Expansion of Shipping and Receiving Conveyor Loading Capacity: To streamline loading processes and increase overall efficiency.
  • Development of an Automated Truck Kiosk System: Aimed at expediting complex traffic flows for efficient grain transportation.

The project not only addresses current supply chain bottlenecks at Windsor’s grain terminal but also seeks to enhance the overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Canadian grain exports. 

By incorporating measures to reduce waiting times for marine vessels, alleviate truck idling, and enhance marine transportation, the initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to promoting sustainable practices and reducing emissions in the transportation of grains.

Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, emphasized the importance of this investment in enhancing trade infrastructure. 

By increasing our export capacity at Port Windsor, we’re helping our farmers get Canadian grain to international markets, which is good for economic growth and for global food security,” said Rodriguez.

Irek Kusmierczyk highlighted the transformative impact of the federal investment on Port Windsor, positioning it as a pivotal multi-modal transportation hub crucial for industry growth, investment, and job creation.

ADM’s General Manager for the Great Lakes Region and Country Manager for Canada, Kevin Wright, expressed gratitude for the investment, stating that it will allow ADM to maintain and expand its operations, ultimately benefiting farmers and supporting global food security.

Steve Salmons, President and CEO of Port Windsor, acknowledged the significance of the investment, noting that it not only provides new markets for local and prairie farmers but also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and truck congestion on roads.

This substantial investment underscores the government’s commitment to strategic infrastructure projects that alleviate transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors, fostering long-term economic growth and prosperity.

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