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Ports and airports anxiously awaiting trade corridors announcement, as 2018 construction projects put on pause

By Jolson Lim      

Ports and airports want the federal government to pick up the pace with grant approvals, while the 2018 budget indicates that billions of dollars worth of infrastructure spending planned for this or next fiscal year will instead be delayed to later years.

The Port of Vancouver, pictured, is among the organizations that submitted proposals for funding through the National Trade Corridors Fund. The Hill Times file photograph

With only a few months away from the summer construction season, money from a multi-billion-dollar fund to improve trade corridors hasn’t flowed out the door yet, say industry groups representing applicants for federal grants to improve their ports, airports, and roads. The National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) is a $2-billion chunk of a total of $10.1-billion of funding earmarked for improving Canada's transportation and trade corridor infrastructure in the 2017 budget.  Association of Canadian Port Authorities president Wendy

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