Manitoba Boosts 'Inland Port' Plan

The government of Manitoba hopes to take advantage of Winnipeg's location near the geographic centre of North America to build an "inland port" to funnel imports through the continent on improved highways and rail links.

"The CentrePort process has already begun. [Manitoba's Provincial] government introduced legislation designating the area around Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport as an inland port.

The plan is to use the airport and its geographic location in North America as a hub to import goods from Asia and Europe and then distribute those goods throughout the rest of Canada and parts of the United States by air, rail and truck.

The inland port designation -- made official under the province's new CentrePort Canada Act -- also helps qualify the province and city for millions more in federal money to build new roads, rail lines and add new infrastructure like sewers and utilities around the airport."

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