THREE-RIVERS — Now that the areas industrial-port (IP) are located in Trois-Rivières and Bécancour, their leaders come to enter phase promotion, where this conference held Monday at the Auberge Godefroy by the Manufacturers of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec (MMCQ) in the presence of the minister for maritime Affairs, Jean D’amour.
“The areas industrial-port are a tool of economic and social development for each of our maritime regions and the river is an asset linked to the creation of jobs,” said the featured speaker.
It has also drawn up a balance sheet provincial areas IP: 309 projects in 15 regions, with a total investment of 1,673 billion, of which $ 474 million from the government of Quebec, for the creation and consolidation of 9854 jobs. Only in Three Rivers, we speak of the 22 projects, for a total investment of $ 127.1 million, which includes course focus on 2020.
“The top 3 areas, it is the region of Trois-Rivières-Bécancour”, launched by the minister Of Love who was reminded of the existence of an economic development Fund of $ 300 million. And in a next term, he is already dreaming of a second action plan to taste more touristy and would be more focused on the lakes and rivers.
Moreover, the guest of the day spoke of the challenges of the workforce in the maritime sector, the 15-24 age group being under-represented. As to the occupations sought, it has identified the stevedores, customs brokers, workers in processing factories and technicians in chemistry. He also spoke of the importance to recruit more women to the maritime industry.
To the north of the river, Innovation and economic Development Trois-Rivières has put forward marketing tools, with the theme Take a decision Very smart. There is mention of the 3.15 million square feet of industrial land available, and the billion dollars of assistance for investment projects.
Manufacturing and assembling metal, transport and processing of bulk, biomass and agri-food: these are the three major niches of the IP area of Trois-Rivières. “It is a smart choice,” says marketing consultant at IDE Trois-Rivières, Laurie Neault, who boasts the greater intermodality of the area), quality of life, and its skilled workforce.
At the port of Trois-Rivières, it is envisaged that other projects such as the expansion of 75,000 square metres of storage area, replacement of ladders dock, repair quays B1 and B2 as well as the addition of a Duc-d’albe and of a position of the liquid bulk. On the side of Bécancour, there are reports of expansion opportunities for other storage and the extension of the docks.
“We are complementary. One is able to propose a global offer,” said the president-director general of the port Authority of Trois-Rivières, Gaétan Boivin, who prepares to participate in a mission in France. “It’s been 50 years that we practice for our future”, emphasized the president and managing director of the Company in the industrial park and the port of Becancour, Maurice Richard, which is in full development of a strategic plan.
According to the minister Of Love, the two cities have the assets needed to flourish as areas of IP and “contribute to the ambitious objectives of the first maritime Strategy in Quebec and the only one in Canada”.
Because, for 2030, the objectives are the following: 30 000 direct jobs, a growth in trade of goods and public and private investments of nine billion dollars, including investments in private-sector industry of more than $ 2.4 billion and the creation of 3,000 direct jobs in the areas of IP.
“It is a lever of development is extremely important,” said the member of parliament for Trois-Rivières, Jean-Denis Girard. “The manufacturing sector of our two regions can take greater advantage of the presence of two ports”, concluded the president of the board of directors of the MMCQ, Normand Beaulieu.