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OTTAWA, Ont. - Transport Canada says it has committed approximately $3.7 million to 17 cost-shared projects under i...


OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada says it has committed approximately $3.7 million to 17 cost-shared projects under its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) agenda.

“Canada has been a leader in the development of ITS applications for many years and continues to be a key player in this fast-growing industry,” says Transport Minister David Collenette.

The projects are scattered across the country. Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Prince Edward Island all received some funds.

B.C.’s allotment, for example, totals $450,000 spread over two projects. The Vancouver Port Authority will get $200,000 to expand its PortView software to include the movement of dangerous goods in and out of ports in British Columbia. The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation will receive $250,000 for deployment of an “Advanced Traveller Information System” at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway border crossing in Surrey.

Funding for these projects comes as part of the Government of Canada’s Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP), which was announced in April last year. The funds identified under SHIP will be used to continue to advance the deployment of ITS across Canada.

Final approval is subject to the successful conclusion of a contribution agreement between the Government of Canada and the recipients, Transport Canada notes.


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