The “Freight Demand Forecasts: What are the Challenges for the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor?” Conference
Toronto, December 8-9, 2008
Global Insight consulting group, commissioned by the ministries of transportation of the three governments to provide forecasts on commodity flows, trade, and traffic demand at the national level, presented a summary of preliminary commodity forecasts at the December 8 and 9, 2008 conference in Toronto. In addition to the Global Insight forecast presentation regarding world economy implications on Quebec-Ontario region, the conference also provided the opportunity for a working session with invited panellists from the transportation sector and governments to exchange and express views on the transportation and infrastructure needs of the Continental Gateway. This gave participants the opportunity to discuss expectations about the Continental Gateway strategy being developed.
The second Public Sector Advisory Committee meeting took place in Toronto on December 2, 2008. The meeting was an opportunity for the representatives who attended to discuss the proposed framework for developing the strategy, progress concerning infrastructure research project studies, as well as to get a status report from working groups. Also discussed was the impact of the U.S. presidential election on the development of the strategy as well as the approach to be used to promote the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and trade Corridor.
Transportation Association of Canada Annual Conference and Exhibition
Toronto, September 21-24, 2008
Under the theme Transportation: A key to a sustainable future, the 2008 Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) annual conference and exhibition provided a national overview of current and future trends in the transportation sector. This event gave the Continental Gateway representatives the opportunity to participate at the exhibition held on September 22 and 23 and to discuss the Gateway initiative approach and mechanisms with partners and stakeholders.
North Atlantic Transportation Planning Officials (NATPO) 2008 Congress
Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario), August 10-12, 2008
Quebec and Ontario Transportation ministry staff took advantage of the 2008 NATPO Conference under the theme "Environmental Sustainability in Transportation Planning," to outline the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor initiative. The presentation gave participants information about objectives, work plan, partnership opportunities and outcomes. The issues regarding the Canada-U.S. border were also discussed
First Joint Meeting of the Public and Private Sector Advisory Committees
Ottawa (Ontario), June 26, 2008
Private and public sector stakeholders attended the first Continental Gateway joint advisory committee meeting. This meeting allowed all the key players in transportation to be at the same table to discuss progress on the planning process. The meeting allowed the three governments to update participants about the progress of infrastructure studies as well as working groups. Preliminary results of the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council study on the St. Lawrence—Great Lakes Trade Corridor, and the Southern Ontario Gateway Council study, on transportation issues in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, were also presented. The Fédération des Chambres de commerce du Québec and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce also presented their views on the Continental Gateway approach.
A presentation on work completed to date helped stimulate discussion and ideas about different solutions and measures that could be adopted to improve the efficiency of the multimodal transportation system.
The Annual Congress of the Quebec Association of Transportation and Roads (AQTR)
April 14-16, 2008
Des représentants de la Porte continentale étaient présents lors du dernier congrès annuel de l’Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTR), tenu à Québec du 14 au 16 avril 2008. Au cours du congrès, la ministre Boulet a abordé le sujet de la Porte continentale dans son discours. De plus, la Porte continentale a fait l’objet d’une séance technique et a été un des exposants au « Salon du transport et des routes ».
Atelier au Lawrence National Centre for Policy Management de l’Université Western Ontario à London
March 9-11, 2008
On March 9-11, 2008, the “Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor-Developing Competitive and Sustainable Transportation Policy” workshop was held at the University of Western Ontario’s Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management in London. It attracted over 90 stakeholders, who explored issues such as multimodal integration and the private sector’s role in infrastructure financing.
First Public Sector Advisory Committee meeting in Quebec
January 31, 2008
Public Sector Advisory Committee members are senior representatives from federal and provincial ministries with interests in the Continental Gateway. They first met in Québec City on January 31, 2008, and shared their input on the development of the Continental Gateway strategy.