Ministry of Transportation

Expanding The Port Of Goderich
McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Supporting Local Economy


NEWS June 30, 2011

Ontario is helping to expand the Port of Goderich to create new business and job opportunities for the local community while creating about 675 construction-related jobs.

Improvements include:

  • Creating over six hectares of new industrial land
  • Developing two new spaces for boats to load and unload salt, aggregate and agricultural products
  • Constructing a bulk terminal to house products, such as salt and grains
  • Making improvements and repairs to existing port infrastructure, including installing breakwalls to prevent waves from coming into the port.

These improvements will help the port expand shipping operations, make it easier for local businesses to ship goods, and create new jobs and opportunities in the community.

Through this investment Ontario is building a more efficient and sustainable transportation system that includes rail, air, road, and marine.

Investing in Ontario’s roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.


“Marine transportation plays a key role in Ontario’s multi-modal transportation network and this government’s plan for sustainable transportation. Our investment in this project will help create jobs, strengthen the community and improve an important piece of infrastructure.”

— Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation

“Today, after more than four years of hard work with the Town of Goderich, Sifto Canada and the Goderich Port Management Corporation I am proud to say that we have delivered on our commitment. As the only seaway port on the east side of Lake Huron, the expanded Port of Goderich will bring countless opportunities for jobs and business to Huron and surrounding communities. I’m very pleased with what we have accomplished by working together.”
— Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce

“The port has great economic significance to the Town of Goderich and the surrounding area. Today's announcement not only protects existing local jobs, it holds great potential for future investments in our community. As Mayor of Goderich, I am pleased that the years we have spent working on this project will result in a future of increased economic activity in our area. Generations will look back and recognize this day as change that will guarantee a bright future.”
— Deb Shewfelt, Mayor of the Town of Goderich


  • The Province is providing $15.7 million to improve the Port of Goderich.
  • Ontario provided more than $13.4 million for a new harbourfront wharf and expansion of the Port of Prescott’s grain storage facility.
  • Ontario’s 15 leading ports are responsible for nearly 30 per cent of Canada’s domestic marine trade and 17 per cent of Canada’s international port trade.


Get more information about sustainable transportation in Ontario.

Office of Carol Mitchell, MPP Huron-Bruce