Government of Canada Helps Diversify Port of Churchill

Tisdale, Saskatchewan, April 13, 2012

The town and Port of Churchill will benefit from diversification of business with the support of the Government of Canada. Today, at the Hudson Bay Route Association's Annual General Meeting, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the launch of the Churchill Port Utilisation Program to support shipments of a variety of grains through the Port of Churchill.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz delivering his speech

"Our Government remains focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity, and the grain industry is a key part of the economy," said Minister Ritz. "This program will ensure that the Port of Churchill remains a strategic shipping option for our farmers and grain companies who want to take advantage of this world-class facility."

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz responds to reporters in a media scrum following his announcement

The Churchill Port Utilization Program will be in place over the five-year transition to marketing freedom in Western Canada that began with the coming into force of the new Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act in December of last year.