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With the city's strategic location at the heart of the Great Lakes, on the U.S. border and at the centre of Canada, infrastructure - specifically with regards to transportation - is a major development priority for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

The focus aims to bolster transportation links - road, sea, air and rail - to attract and grow businesses in logistics, air cargo/services, warehousing and distribution.

Recent projects include:

  • With direct access to the St. Lawrence Seaway, officials are working to establish the Port of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie. The major infrastructure project involves all levels of government and the private sector, particularly Essar Group. Funding of more than $5 million was announced in 2014 for preliminary development work. When operational, the $500-million harbour initiative will be the largest port on the Great Lakes. It will provide marine transportation options that weren't previously available and generate more than 1,800 jobs.
  • The new, $50-million Federal Bridge Plaza in Sault Ste. Marie is expected to be complete in 2015. The project includes an expansion and redesigning of the existing port of entry. 
  • A $33-million upgrade to the Huron Central Railway line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury was finalized in 2011.