The City of Sarnia is carrying out the expansion of the Sarnia Harbour Dock Facilities in support of the Oversized Load Corridor (OLC) project.One of the City’s primary mandates is to ensure that infrastructure, including roads and ports, are suitable for existing and future industry to grow and prosper. This will facilitate economic growth and increase exports. As this occurs, high skilled/highly paying jobs will be retained, and added, generating tax revenues for the municipal, provincial and federal governments so that all Canadians will benefit. The establishment of an OLC utilizing existing roads and the expansion of the dock facility will fulfill this mandate.
The OLC and expanded dock facility will improve the competitiveness of local fabricators and large
industry by reducing shipping costs, create new jobs, and increase the potential for the export of valuable
locally manufactured vessels, reactors and modules.
The OLC is in partnership with the City of Sarnia, the County of Lambton, St. Clair Township, and the
Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance (SLIA) and has received broad local support from the following:
- Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP)
- Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce
- Sarnia & District Labour Council
- Large Petrochemical and Refining Industries throughout Sarnia-Lambton
- Local Fabrication and Manufacturing Private Industries
Problem/ Opportunity Statement
The existing dock facilities were not designed or constructed to accommodate the loading and unloading
of large equipment. This requires temporary accommodations and limits the type and number of pieces
that can currently be handled in each load. The Project will provide direct and cost effective access to the
waterways of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system providing fabricators and constructors
cost competitive transport to National and International markets directly supporting the “Making Ontario
Open for Business” campaign.