NDP MLAs welcome improvements to Nanaimo Port through B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan

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NANAIMO – New Democrat MLAs Sheila Malcolmson, Doug Routley and Adam Walker say improvements to the Port of Nanaimo will create good-paying local jobs and support regional economic activity.

“The pandemic has been hard on people and businesses, that’s why our government is investing in infrastructure projects that help people now and beyond COVID-19,” said Sheila Malcolmson. “Though our Economic Recovery Plan we are investing in the Nanaimo Port which will improve western trade corridors and help local businesses get goods to market. Our government is taking action to support people here in Nanaimo and across the province.”

Today the Port of Nanaimo and DP World finalized the signing of the 50-year Duke Point Lease Agreement. The New Democrat government is investing $15 million into Phase 2 of the Duke Point Expansion Project; the terminal expansion project is currently estimated at $105 million.

The outlined improvements include the extension of the existing berth, construction of new buildings, crane replacement, and upgrades to drainage, sewer, electrical, water and security systems.

“The Nanaimo Port is a major economic driver in our community that supports key trade routes,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “By investing in this crucial piece of infrastructure we are helping to create local jobs and improve economic resiliency in the region.”

Adam Walker, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum said, “Investing in the Nanaimo Port means supporting local and international markets and the businesses and people that rely on these trade routes for their livelihoods. StrongerBC, our government’s Economic Recovery Plan, is a fulsome approach to funding a wide variety of projects and programs that people need to get ahead.”

Through B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, the New Democrat government is investing in improvements at the Port of Nanaimo and the Port of Prince Rupert, increasing import and export capacity, and addressing demand at these busy and growing ports.

Provincial funding is part of B.C.’s $10 billion COVID-19 response to help support people, businesses, communities, and critical services, and build a strong economic recovery that works for everyone.

Learn More: https://npa.ca/virtual-event-announcement-regarding-the-duke-point-shipping-terminal/