Part 6 – Division 28
Overview: New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Act

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The Special Act will ensure that all authorities required for the implementation of all aspects of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence project are in place.

In particular, the Special Act will declare the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence project to be for the general advantage of Canada, thereby making it a federal structure. The Special Act will also clarify the roles of the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as designated by the Governor in Council (currently the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs) with regards to the many agreements that will need to be entered into. The New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Act will provide the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as designated by the Governor in Council (currently the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs) with the authority to implement tolls on the new bridge and will provide the Minister of Public Works and Government Services with the authority to enter into an agreement with a third party (P3 partner as operator) and for the latter to collect tolls, fees or other charges that may be imposed in respect of the bridge. Moreover, the Special Act will prevent significant delays from occurring by providing the Governor in Council the authority to exempt the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence project from the requirement of obtaining unforeseen approvals, permits, licences, etc.

The New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Act’s main objective is to provide certainty that the project will be constructed without delay or stoppage while complying with our obligations under all relevant federal legislation.

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