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The Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway
The Continental Gateway is a key component of Canada's multimodal transportation system. The central location of the Continental Gateway facilitates international trade and the domestic inputs towards foreign trade with the United States and other key trading partners. The Continental Gateway includes strategic ports, airports, intermodal facilities and border crossings as well as essential road, rail and marine infrastructure that ensures this transportation system's connection to, and seamless integration with, Canada's other gateways: Asia-Pacific and Atlantic.
On July 30, 2007, the governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the development of an Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor.
This event followed the 2006 Cooperation Protocol signed by Ontario and Quebec to promote the development of the Ontario-Quebec Trade Corridor and to improve its efficiency in all modes, while the federal government was developing its National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors.
The goal of the federal-provincial partnership is to maintain and build upon Ontario and Quebec's world-class transportation system so that it remains a key driver of international trade and economic growth for the future.
The Continental Gateway initiative is focused on developing a sustainable, secure and efficient multimodal transportation system that keeps Canada's economic heartland competitive, attractive for investment and essential for trade.
Over the next two years, Ontario, Quebec and the federal government will work with the private sector and other key public sector stakeholders to develop a comprehensive infrastructure, policy, and regulatory strategy with recommendations for the short, medium and longer term - to support international trade through the Continental Gateway.
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