This year Canadian grain shipments through the St. Lawrence are up 20 per cent over the 2019 season, in part due to increased overseas demand during the pandemic.
The Port of Hamilton – a major gateway for Ontario grown crops- is home to 14 agrifood companies, 4 of which are grain export/processing facilities. The Port of has been a major driver of growth in Hamilton’s agriculture and food processing sector, which has taken over as the city’s second largest manufacturing sector, generating over $1 billion in economic activity annually.
The Port has attracted $200 million in agrifood investment in the last decade. These continued investments have helped improve goods movement capacity for this growing Hamilton agrifood cluster.
Most recently, in 2019, HOPA Ports received $5.5 million from the federal National Trade Corridors Fund in support of the Pier 10 Export Expansion Plan. This plan will facilitate pier 10 becoming a dedicated agrifood cluster on port lands, creating more efficient infrastructure to support trade flow.
At the Port of Oshawa, a new grain export terminal, constructed by Sollio Agriculture and QSL, entered its first full season of service in spring 2020. The new facility gives Durham Region grain producers a local option to market their grain for export, whereas previously their product may have been trucked all the way to Hamilton or east to Quebec.