The Canadian government announced on Wednesday a CA$19.9-million (US$19.2-million) grant for projects at Windsor International Airport, which includes funds for a multi-modal cargo terminal. Government officials say the terminal will help support the development of a Windsor/Detroit logistics corridor with the potential to create thousands of jobs over time. The airport recently signed a lease agreement with FedEx.
The grant will also help fund the establishment of an Institute for Border Logistics and Security (IBLS), which will be a collaboration with the City of Windsor and the University of Windsor. It will include a facility on the university’s campus dedicated to research and development support for businesses, and a facility at the airport aimed at providing real-world testing for new logistics technologies.
“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. “By investing in research for faster, safer ways to move goods and people across international borders, our government is not only helping to create high-quality jobs in Windsor, but we are also positioning this region to be a leader in the increasingly important field of border logistics and security.”
Officials estimate the projects will create 105 jobs.
Lufthansa Consulting conducted a study for the City of Windsor in 2009. It determined that considerable cargo is generated at Windsor International Airport, but that it lacked state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities to process and handle air cargo. The study determined that the airport has potential to successfully develop its air cargo business.