Canada passes the Bridge to Strengthen Trade Act

On December 14, 2012, the Government of Canada passed the Bridge to Strengthen Trade Act.

There are several benefits to this new legislation. As the new bridge will be built by the private sector under a Public-Private Partnership (P3), the new legislation will bring certainty to the P3 market for the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The new legislation also exempts the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge from a number of federal laws under which permits, approvals or authorizations would normally be required. The Act however would compel the project proponents (including the P3 partner) to comply with the intent of these laws even though a permit/approval would not be issued

The new legislation also clarified a number of corporate governance issues and provided minor amendments to the International Bridges and Tunnels Act to facilitate implementation of the project, including the establishment of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and International Authority.