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Preserving Québec Bridge: A Triumph of Engineering and Heritage

Quebec City, Quebec – In a landmark move aimed at securing the future of one of Canada’s most iconic structures, the federal government has announced the repatriation of the historic Québec Bridge. This decision, unveiled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, signifies a pivotal moment in the ongoing efforts to preserve the bridge’s legacy for generations to come.

Constructed over a century ago in 1917, the Québec Bridge stands as a testament to Canadian ingenuity and determination. Initially conceived to bolster economic development and connectivity between Quebec City and Lévis, the bridge has since become a symbol of engineering excellence and national pride. Its designation as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995 further underscores its cultural significance.

Following extensive consultations and negotiations with Canadian National Railway (CN) and various stakeholders, the federal government has committed to investing approximately $40 million annually over the next 25 years in a comprehensive rehabilitation program. These funds will be directed towards vital maintenance and restoration efforts, aimed at extending the bridge’s lifespan and ensuring its continued functionality as a critical transportation artery.

“The Québec Bridge is a source of pride for the people of Quebec City and all Canadians,” remarked Prime Minister Trudeau. “It is a timeless symbol of what is possible when we work hard together, and today’s repatriation agreement with CN will ensure that it is protected and restored for future generations.”

The significance of the Québec Bridge extends far beyond its structural prowess; it serves as a vital link in the region’s transportation network, facilitating the seamless movement of goods and people across the majestic St. Lawrence River. With over 33,000 vehicles traversing its span daily, including cars, transit buses, passenger trains, and freight trains, the bridge remains an indispensable lifeline for communities on both sides of the river.

Moreover, the repatriation agreement heralds a new chapter in the bridge’s storied history, one that reaffirms its status as a cherished symbol of Quebecois identity and heritage. By assuming ownership and responsibility for its preservation, the federal government is not only safeguarding a critical piece of infrastructure but also honoring the enduring legacy of those who conceived and built it over a century ago.

As Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, aptly noted, “By repatriating the bridge, we will not only ensure the sustainability of this critical and major infrastructure for the region, but we are also giving control back to the people of Québec.”

Indeed, the repatriation of the Québec Bridge represents a triumph of both engineering prowess and historical preservation—a testament to the enduring spirit of collaboration and stewardship that defines Canada’s rich tapestry of heritage.

For residents of the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, the preservation of the Québec Bridge serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of safeguarding our shared history and investing in the infrastructure that binds us together as a nation.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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