Canada's Minister of Transport highlighted the Detroit River International Crossing during an address in Toronto on Tuesday.

Lisa Raitt told the Toronto Region Board of Trade the new international bridge between Windsor and Detroit and the new St. Lawrence corridor project in Montreal are two of the government`s most important infrastructure projects.

Raitt spoke about the initiatives announced in Economic Action Plan 2014 that will promote the role of transportation in Canada's economic future.

She also discussed the New Building Canada Plan, which will see the Government of Canada invest $53 billion in infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years.

"World-class infrastructure is the backbone of our country's economic productivity," Raitt said. "Our Government is committed to investing in Canada's infrastructure to reduce commuting times for families, enhance economic competitiveness, encourage job creation and strengthen trade corridors."

Detroit River International Crossing Diagram

The Canadian government is funding most of the bridge, expected to open in 2020. (File Photo)

Raitt stressed the importance of modern, reliable infrastructure to maintain a safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system.

She also spoke about Canada's efforts to ensure the safe development and transport of our energy exports by rail, pipeline, or ship by putting in place world-class safety systems.

Raitt also spoke of the recently announced Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada's first with an Asian market.
She claimed it will create thousands of new jobs in Canada and provide Canadian businesses and workers with a gateway to Asia, enhancing their global competitiveness.

Farmers, in general, applaud the Canada-Korea Free Trade agreement while automakers say it's bad for Canada.