The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) is a corporation created under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). The corporation is listed in Schedule III Part 1 of the Financial Administration Act (FAA) and is an agent of Her Majesty. FBCL is a parent Crown corporation that reports to the Parliament of Canada through the Minister of Transport.
FBCL amalgamated with the St. Mary’s River Bridge Company (SMRBC), a wholly-owned subsidiary, on January 27, 2015 and the Blue Water Bridge Authority (BWBA), a parent Crown corporation, on February 1, 2015. Amalgamation with its remaining subsidiary, The Seaway International Bridge Corporation, Limited (SIBC), is expected to occur at a later date, once agreement with its U.S. partner, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), is reached. The amalgamated FBCL is responsible for the Canadian federal interest at four international bridge locations in Ontario, as follows:
- Sault Ste. Marie: Ownership of the Canadian interest in the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. The bridge is managed by the International Bridge Administration (IBA), an entity of the State of Michigan, U.S., through an international agreement between the asset owners, FBCL and the IBA, a division of the Michigan Department of Transport (MDOT). The bridge operations are overseen by a joint international Board of Directors, the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA);
- Point Edward: Ownership, management and operation of the Canadian portion of the twinned Blue Water Bridge, linking Point Edward, Ontario to Port Huron, Michigan. FBCL works in close cooperation with MDOT, the owner, manager and operator of the U.S. portion of the bridge;
- Thousand Islands: Ownership of the Canadian interest in the Thousand Islands International Bridge. The bridge is managed by Thousand Island Bridges Authority (TIBA), an entity of the State of New York, U.S., under a bi-national agreement between the asset owners, FBCL and TIBA; and
- Cornwall: Ownership of the Canadian interest in the Seaway International Bridge Crossing. FBCL is responsible for management of the whole bridge crossing including the North Channel Bridge, an international roadway, and the South Channel Bridge. The operations are managed by international agreement as a joint venture by the SIBC on behalf of the asset owners, FBCL and SLSDC, a federal U.S. entity. Major Canadian capital projects are undertaken directly by FBCL.
FBCL’s mandate, approved by the Minister of Transport and established within the executed Amalgamation Agreement of its legacy corporations, is to provide the highest level of stewardship so that its international bridges and associated structures are safe and efficient for users.
The business or undertaking of the Corporation shall be limited to the following:
(a) The design, construction, acquisition, financing, maintenance, operation, management, development, repair, demolition or reconstruction of bridges or other related structures, facilities, works or properties, including approaches, easements, power or communication transmission equipment, pipelines integrated with any such bridge, other related structure, facility, work, or property, linking the Province of Ontario in Canada to the State of New York or the State of Michigan in the United States of America, either alone, jointly or in cooperation with any other person, legal entity or governmental authority in Canada or in the United States of America;
(b) The design, construction, acquisition, financing, maintenance, operation, management, development, repair, demolition or reconstruction of other bridges or other related structures, facilities, works or properties, as the Governor in Council may deem appropriate, on such terms and conditions as the Governor in Council may determine; and
(c) Any business, undertaking or other activities incidental to any bridge, or other related structure, facility, work or property contemplated in paragraph (a) or (b).
For the foregoing purposes, the Corporation has, subject to the FAA, the CBCA, and these articles, as amended from time to time, the capacities and powers of a natural person.