Competitive Advantage


The Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley (the “Hub-30”) contains key logistics and transportation infrastructures. This infrastructure has the advantage of being at the centre of the continental flow of goods and the corridor of trade for Quebec - Ontario and the United States. The logistics and networks of the territory include road transport, rail transport, intermodal transport, maritime transport, air transport, distribution, storage and border stations.

Road transportation

Road transportation in the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) is serviced by highways with access to Ontario and the United States. 60 % of truck transportation of goods flow to Ontario while 35 % of weekly journeys are towards the United States. Highways 30 and 15, main routes 132 and 138 and rapid access to Highways 20, 40,401,417, and Interstate 87 in the State of New York distinguish the territory.



Railway transportation

The railway lines serving the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) are run by CP (Canadian Pacific), CN (Canadian National) and the American company CSX. This network allows direct transport to the markets of Ontario and the east coast of the US.  CSX as invest more than $100 Millons USD in a new intermodal terminal in Valleyfield to incresase its container traffic in the northeast. 

The industrial parks in the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) are served by regional railways serving as a supply corridor towards the main lines of CN, CP and CSX. Access to this main railway passage offers a special bonus for the industrial and commercial companies importing or exporting, and can easily combine with other transportation methods (road, sea or air). (page 41)

Maritime transportation

The St. Lawrence Seaway crosses the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”). The Port of Valleyfield and the Sainte-Catherine Harbour are located near the borders of Ontario and the United States. The Port is also an entry way to the Great Lakes and their subsidiaries. It is specialized in bulk goods and shipping of three types of cargo (oversized, general and for the Scandinavian region) and of containerized goods bound for the ports of the Canadian Far North. The Port offers many advantages such as docking without a tug boat, unregulated tariffs and a “roll on, roll-off” ramp.

Air transportation

The Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) is located less than 20 km from the Montreal International Airport. The airport receives regular transportation of air cargo by on-site carriers.

Distribution and storage

The companies depending on the supply chain can benefit from the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) to make sure that they can employ optimal distribution methods. For example, the territory has storage and distribution centres, and road, rail and maritime multi-method transhipment infrastructure.

Border stations

The Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley territory (the “Hub-30”) has access to border stations with the United States and to offices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), including “Saint-Bernard-of-Lacolle”, the fourth largest Border station in Canada. The heavy truck traffic at this station is estimated at nearly 2000 vehicles per day.