Fonds de solidarité FTQ invests $100 mln in port logistics fund

Fonds de solidarité FTQ has invested $100 million in a partnership with Port de Montréal to fund companies with a development project connected with the port’s logistics chain.

The financing, which will be made available as share capital or an unsecured loan, is intended to attract Canadian and foreign businesses that want to set up near the port’s facilities in Montréal and Contrecœur.

It will also help existing users of facilities develop their activity.

Port de Montréal is the second largest port in Canada. It handles a range of goods, including containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk.

PRESS RELEASE

The Port of Montreal and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ team up to attract businesses to the Port’s logistics chain: $100 million for new projects

MONTREAL, July 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – The Montreal Port Authority (the MPA) and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ (the Fonds) announced today that they have signed an agreement to create the Partenariat de financement logistique Fonds de solidarité FTQ – Port de Montréal (the Fonds de solidarité FTQ – Port of Montreal logistics financing partnership), making $100 million available to companies with a development project in Greater Montreal connected with the Port’s logistics chain. The amount will be made available to companies through the Fonds in the form of share capital or an unsecured loan.

Companies that want to submit a project to benefit from this financing are invited to contact the Fonds de solidarité FTQ or the MPA. The Fonds will then assess the application files on the basis of its investment criteria. The Fonds shall be solely responsible for agreements with developers. A committee composed of members appointed by the MPA and the Fonds will be established to promote this initiative, chaired by Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.

“The Port of Montreal is proud to partner with the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, a Quebec economic institution whose socially responsible investment values completely match our vision of economic development, to support businesses based here and elsewhere that want to expand or locate to our area. Together, we are taking action to foster business development and economic growth while benefiting the Port of Montreal’s logistics chain,” said Sylvie Vachon.

“The Port of Montreal already plays a vital role in our economy. This new partnership between the Fonds and the MPA will encourage investment in logistics that will improve freight transport efficiency in Greater Montreal and benefit Quebec’s small, medium and large exporters. In this way, the Port will help increase exports from Quebec, a goal the Fonds shares with the Quebec government’s Maritime Strategy,” said Gaétan Morin, President and CEO of the Fonds.

The Port of Montreal keeps growing

The $100 million package announced by the Fonds and the MPA will make it possible to attract Canadian and foreign companies that want to set up near the Port’s facilities in Montreal and Contrecœur. It will also enable already existing companies that want to benefit more from the efficiency of the Port’s supply chain to develop their activities, in turn boosting the volume of freight traffic.

This announcement confirms the Port of Montreal’s pivotal role in Quebec’s economy as a catalyst and leader in the city’s economic development. The steady increase in Port activities is generating solid growth momentum, with benefits that go well beyond the port sector and benefit society as a whole.

Marine transportation at the heart of a joint economic development strategy

The Partenariat de financement logistique Fonds de solidarité FTQ – Port de Montréal is fully in line with the main priorities of the Quebec and federal governments’ investments in marine and logistics infrastructures. The MPA is confident that this agreement will advance the shared ambitions of the governments even further, as part of a long-term development strategy.

It should be noted that this $100 million package from the Fonds is in addition to the $100 million made available by the Fonds under the Quebec government’s Maritime Strategy for the development of projects related to logistics clusters.

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. The only container port in Quebec, it is a destination port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. It is also an intermodal hub with a service offering that is unique in North America, featuring its own rail network directly dockside connected to Canada’s two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a Cruise Terminal and a Port Centre.

The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 16,000 jobs and generates $2.1 billion in economic benefits annually.

About the Fonds de solidarité FTQ

The Fonds de solidarité FTQ is a capital development fund that channels the savings of Quebecers into investments. With $14.3 billion in net assets as at May 31, 2018, the Fonds has helped create and maintain over 194,746 jobs. The Fonds has 2,839 partner companies and 667,417 shareholder-savers.

For further information: SOURCES: Mélanie Nadeau, Director of Communications, Montreal Port Authority, nadeaum@port-montreal.com, T: 514 283-1385; Patrick McQuilken, Senior Advisor, Press Relations and Communications, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, pmcquilken@fondsftq.com, T: 514 850-4835, M: 514 703-5587; CONTACTS PERSONS FOR COMPANIES: Louis-Joseph Cliche, M.Sc., CPA, CGA, CFA, Senior Investment Advisor, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, 514-383-8383, ext. 5082, lcliche@fondsftq.com; Tony Boemi, Vice-President, Growth & Development, Montreal Port Authority, 514 283-6620, boemit@port-montreal.com