Port of Johnstown welcomes $4.8 million federal government investment to modernize grain export infrastructure


 JOHNSTOWN, August 6, 2019 – Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced an investment of $4.8 million in the Port of Johnstown from the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) to modernize the port’s infrastructure and ensure the port continues to provide access to international markets for agricultural producers in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. 

The $10.4 million Grain Export Infrastructure Renewal and Expansion Project includes a matching investment by the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal and will enable the port to relieve inefficiencies and bottlenecks so it can continue capitalizing on growing and emerging markets for Canadian soybean, wheat and corn. 

Mayor of Edwardsburgh Cardinal Pat Sayeau said: “Today’s announcement is a recognition of the important role the Port of Johnstown plays in providing access to international export markets for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec agricultural producers via the St. Lawrence Seaway. 

“Our agricultural and marine industries are thriving, and the port strives to grow alongside them and to promote growth in our region. Johnstown provides 1,600 farms with access to market and we have seen exports grow by more than 150 per cent since 2011.” 

Port General Manager Robert Dalley added, 

“By replacing nine outdated grain-loading spouts that date back as early as the 1930’s with 4 self-supporting, modern spouts and by increasing storage capacity, this investment will deliver vital improvements. This is a good news story for the entire region and will greatly increase Canada’s ability to increase exports.” 

The improvements include: 

  • Increasing vessel loading efficiency by 60 per cent and storage by 10 per cent, alleviating wait-times; 
  • Streamlining the flow of products in and out of the port, reducing congestion; and 
  • Enabling the port to continue servicing international trading vessels, capturing continued growth for Canadian agricultural exports.” 

About the Port of Johnstown 

Owned and operated by the Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal, the Port of Johnstown is a strategically located inter-modal port on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Providing access to international export markets for farmers throughout the region, the port supports continued growth in the agricultural sector in Ontario and Quebec. With direct access to marine, road and rail networks, the Port of Johnstown is strategically located to provide access to export markets for over 1,600 farms in the region – supporting producers from Port Hope to Peterborough to the Pontiac. Situated 80 kilometres (km) south of Ottawa, the Port of Johnstown sits 3 km from the intersections of highways 401 and 416.  The port also has access to CN and CP rail lines and is adjacent to the international Prescott-Ogdensburg bridge. The port receives grain from around the region and provides a range of grading, storage, cleaning and drying services in addition to loading vessels bound for overseas destinations. In 2017, the port supported 357 jobs and generated $37.1 million in economic activity in Ontario. 

Media Contact: 

Mayor Pat Sayeau – Edwardsburgh Cardinal 

613 340-5862 

Robert Dalley – General Manager – Port of Johnstown 

Work 613.925.4228 x 101