The Port of Churchill

The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure that the Port of Churchill continues to be an important northern shipping port. The Port of Churchill continues to be an important option through which farmers ship their grain to market.

The Government of Canada is providing support through:

  • An economic incentive of up to $5 million per year for five years to support the shipping of grain, including oilseeds, pulses and other crops, through the Port through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • An investment of up to $4.1 million over three years through Transport Canada for Port maintenance

  • Collaborating with the Churchill Gateway Development Corporation on Port infrastructure improvements and extending the project completion date an additional two years, from 2013 to 2015, through Western Economic Diversification Canada

  • Exploring options for the development of the community of Churchill.

Since 2007, the following strategic investments have been made by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba:

  • $20 million each for improvements to the rail line
  • $4 million each for improvements to the Port
  • $1 million each for marketing and development of the Port

Churchill Port Utilization Program

The Government of Canada is also providing support through the establishment of the Churchill Port Utilisation Program to support shipments of a variety of grains through the Port of Churchill. The Program provides up to $25 million over five years to help maintain grain shipments through the Port, expand the Port's customer base and provide it with time to pursue additional long-term commercial opportunities.

The Churchill Port Utilisation Program will be in place until the end of the Port's 2016 shipping season.

In addition to operating the Churchill airport and providing funding to support Via Rail's passenger train service to Churchill and several other remote communities, the Government committed more than $13 million in 2010 to implement important upgrades to the Churchill Airport.

Read the Churchill end of year 2012 news release: Churchill Port Utilisation Program contributes to a successful first transition year