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2010-2019
November 3, 2018
40th anniversary

For its 40th anniversary, JCCBI is organizing a 40th Anniversary Symposium, which will consist of a half-day of five lectures from guest experts who will take attendees on a journey of the Corporation’s four decades of engineering innovation and major projects. Organized by the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr), this event is geared toward professionals in the engineering, transportation and mobility sectors.

February 14, 2014

The Corporation becomes a parent Crown corporation named in Part I of Schedule III of the Financial Administration Act.

1990-2009
December 2, 1999

The Corporation becomes responsible for managing the Estacade.

October 1, 1998

The Corporation becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of The Federal Bridge Corporation. lt also assumes responsibility for the federal section of the Honoré Mercier Bridge and for the Melocheville Tunnel.

The Honoré Mercier Bridge and Melocheville Tunnel haven’t always been under the responsibility of JCCBI. Before that, they belonged to the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority (SLSA), whose mission since 1954 had been to build and operate a deep draft waterway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie and manage other seaway facilities and properties. In addition to managing the seaway, the Authority also operated the Melocheville Tunnel and Honoré Mercier Bridge and oversaw two subsidiaries: The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), which managed the Jacques Cartier and Champlain bridges, and the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA).

As part of the government’s mandate to commercialize the seaway, the Authority was dissolved and replaced with The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, which was created on September 2, 1998 and became a Crown corporation on December 1, 1998, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC), which was created on December 1, 1998. Before its dissolution, the Authority transferred its assets to the SLSMC on October 1, 1998. This is the date when responsibility for the Melocheville Tunnel and Honoré Mercier Bridge was transferred to JCCBI, which then became a subsidiary of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited.

January 1998
Ice storm

A few days after the ice storm started, the weather forced JCCBI to close the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges for 3 days to conduct emergency ice-breaking operations. After several attempts to remove the ice, the team was finally successful thanks to the ingenious solution of using a vibrating plate on the steel trusses.

This innovative solution let the team quickly and safely remove the ice from both bridges. JCCBI overcame this incredible challenge in the midst of difficult weather conditions and despite limited resources in power, equipment, materials and labour.

1970-1989
December 21, 1978

The Corporation becomes responsible for the management, maintenance and monitoring of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Champlain Bridge and a section of Bonaventure Expressway.

November 3, 1978

JCCBI is established under the Canada Business Corporations Act. At this time, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the SLSA.

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