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Transport Canada Announces $80 million in Border Upgrades

OTTAWA — Transport Canada announced today three separate border crossing improvement projects, totaling $80 million.

Ontario's Lansdowne crossing has been allocated $60 million, while the Emerson border crossing in Manitoba and Saskatchewan's North Portal crossing will be receiving $10 million each.

The Lansdowne Border Crossing saw over $14 billion in two-way trade and over 800,000 passenger vehicles using the crossing last year. Manitoba's Emerson crossing came in just under $19 billion in two-way trade and over 300,000 passenger vehicles in 2012, while North Portal recorded $12 billion in trade 92,000 passenger cars.

The funding for the projects, initially announced in Ottawa's 2013 budget, is part of a $2.1-billion Gateways and Border Crossings Fund (GBCF), a federal program that aims to improve Canada's flow of goods and people. Transport Canada said that GBCF infrastructure funding "targets projects that increase the productivity and efficiency of strategic transportation assets", like the three border crossings.

All three locations were identified as key border crossings in the Canada-U.S. "Beyond the Border Action Plan."

Members of Parliament from the various locations also stressed that the investment of funds will bring jobs to their respective regions.

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