The Port of Johnstown is welcoming a $4.8-million investment.

The announcement was made yesterday by Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, in Johnstown. The investment will be coming from the National Trade Corridors Fund. The money will be used to modernize the port’s infrastructure and ensure the port can continue to provide access to international markets for agricultural producers in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

According to a press release, a $10.4-million Grain Export Infrastructure Renewal and Expansion Project includes a matching investment by the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal that will help the port to continue capitalizing on growing and emerging markets for Canadian soybean, wheat and corn.

Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau says the announcement yesterday is recognition of the important role the Port of Johnstown plays in providing access to international export markets for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec agricultural producers via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Sayeau says Johnstown provides 1,600 farms with access to market and they have seen exports grow by more than 150-percent since 2011.

The improvements include replacing nine outdated grain-loading spouts that date back as early as the 1930’s with four self-supporting, modern spouts and increasing storage capacity, according to Port General Manager Robert Dalley.

Transport Canada say these investments are expected to create an estimated 100 jobs in the region during construction.