Opening new international markets for farmers

La Coop fédérée is developing a grain transshipping port terminal project by optimizing the use of existing infrastructure that will be incorporated into the Anse au Foulon sector in the Port of Quebec City.

This $90 million project is intended to provide farmers in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada with access to the international grain export market, particularly in Europe.

The project calls for installing equipment to store and handle grain close to deepwater docks that can accommodate large ships.

The equipment planned for the site consists of mainly:
  • silos to store grain
  • conveyers for grain handling
  • two towers, to weigh, sample and clean grain. 


Cooperative values

La Coop fédérée has adopted policies and made commitments in terms of sustainable development, environmental management and good neighbourly relations with citizens.

In the context of the grain transshipping terminal project in Anse au Foulon, our commitments will be supported by the following actions:

  • Designing the project and ensuring rigorous environmental management in order to limit nuisances and harmful effects to the greatest extent possible.
  • Giving citizens several opportunities to get informed and express themselves regarding the project.
  • Taking into consideration the comments and suggestions of the community, and putting in place measures needed to address them, to the extent that it is possible to do so.

Please consult the following factsheets for specific information on the project.


Québec grain producers:

9,229 grain producers in Québec

4.7 M tonnes of grain marketed for $ 1.3 B in farm revenue

Main grains grown:

  • Cereals: corn, wheat, barley, oats
  • Oilseeds: soybeans, canola

Anse au Foulon: a site with multiple advantages

The Anse au Foulon site was selected based on its location, access to export markets and capacity to accommodate deep water ships:

Access to the Saint Lawrence Seaway and deep water docks: Possibility of hosting high capacity transatlantic ships for export markets.

Use of existing infrastructure: Reusing two white silos configured in 2013 for exporting wood pellets.

Access to the existing railway and highway infrastructure and possibility of operating 12 months a year.

Proximity of current installations of La Coop fédérée, which already operates a distribution centre in Anse au Foulon.

Project's Location

The development of the project in 4 phases from 2018 to 2021


The terminal for grain transhipment project is to be implemented in four development phases, continuing until 2021. 

The project will unroll gradually in four distinct phases, the first two of which are essential to the project’s sustainability. 

Recovering and converting existing equipment:

- Two white silos – Ship loader – Sorting yard – Car reception station

Construction of a grain elevator tower (east tower)

Installation of a temporary station to receive ships

Six new silos added:

- Two 15,000-ton silos – Four 1,000-ton silos 

Construction of a grain cleaning tower (west tower)

Implementation of two electrical sub-stations

Civil work (sewers, underground wires. Truck traffic area)

Layout of above-ground transportation links (conveyers) and underground links between the various equipment

Dismantling of the temporary station from phase 1 and permanent installation of a station to receive ships

Two new 15,000-ton silos added

Construction of the railcar reception station

Connection with the two new silos and the sorting yard

Connection of the existing tower from the Sillery distribution centre and the railcar reception station

Note: The colour on the silos is used solely to identify the four phases of the project. Silos will be made out of galvanized steel.

Rigorous management of environmental and neighbourhood impacts

La Coop fédérée commissioned SNC-Lavalin to carry out studies to assess the potential impacts of the project and to plan measures to avoid or reduce them. The main impacts assessed are:
  • Air quality
  • Sound environment
  • Changes to the landscape

Prevention and mitigation measures have been identified directly in the design process for the project, and in its operational procedures, in order to avoid or reduce to the extent possible the potential negative effects and remain in compliance with all regulations in effect. Main measures proposed:

Results of studies
Main mitigation measures proposed

Air quality

Dust and other atmospheric emissions caused by construction work, grain handling and vehicle traffic

  • Installation of eight dust extractors to vacuum dust directly from areas that generate it
  • Fully paved vehicle traffic areas to limit dust caused by truck transportation
  • Regular inspections and maintenance of machinery

Sound environment

Main sources of noise that could increase sound levels, especially during the day:

  • Trains and trucks moving around the site
  • Boat loading and unloading operations
  • It is planned that there will be no merchandise reception 72% of the time. The remainder of the time (28%), arrivals will generally take place in the daytime, when operational noise will blend in more with the ambient sound environment.Truck waiting area south of the silos, farther from neighbouring residential areas
  • Raise trucker awareness to turn off engines while waiting
  • Different measures to reduce equipment noise: installation of mufflers on industrial silo fans, reducing wheel friction on railcars

Visual concerns

Infrastructure visible from the following viewpoints:

  • From Champlain Boulevard and the bicycle path through the area
  • From Lévis (view of the river)
  • From Terrasse Gray and the residential area west of the Plains of Abraham
  • Participation in the Anse au Foulon Harbour Walkway project and/or carrying out a visual integration project involving citizens
  • No new structure will exceed the height of the existing tower between the domes of the pellet terminal
  • Galvanized steel silos for a new look for the long term
  • Planting trees (visual screen)
  • Exterior lighting with a motion detection system to avoid light pollution in the neighbourhood
  • Lighting oriented so as not to disrupt Champlain Boulevard and the bicycle path

At the heart of the process: Dialogue with the public

La Coop fédérée has had a presence in Anse au Foulon for many years, and intends to carry out the project in a climate of respect and healthy cohabitation.

La Coop fédérée has opened a dialogue with the community and implemented an information and consultation plan in order to:
  • Present information on the project clearly, transparently and accessibly
  • Address questions from participants diligently
  • Compile concerns, comments and propositions for improving the project and its mitigation measures
  • Produce a report summarizing the main elements and recommendations resulting from meetings, as well as results in terms of changes or improvements to the project

Moreover, the project is subject to the Environmental Citizen Participation Process (ECPP), managed by the Québec Port Authority. The ECPP calls for information and consultation activities, particularly the possibility of submitting a brief on the project.

Preliminary schedule of information and consultation activities for La Coop fédérée, as well as activities scheduled in the context of the ECPP from the Québec Port Authority:
Information and consultation
process for La Coop fédérée
Main steps in the
Québec Port Authority ECPP
MAY to JUNE 2018
  • Dissemination of information to the public through different mediums including the creation of a website on the project
  • Meetings with the project stakeholders
  • June 18th and  June 19th: Information session with Cap-Blanc and Jardins de Mérici residents
  • June 20th to 22th: Information and consultation activity with citizens at Place de la Cité
  • Environmental impact study (EIS) uploaded to the ECPP website
  • Information session
  • 30-day period for citizens wishing to submit a brief on the project
  • Changes to the project based on briefs received and EIS enhancement
  • Decision by the Québec Port Authority, expected for summer 2018

Ongoing: several communication channels to compile and address questions or concerns:

  • Ad hoc meetings with stakeholders
  • Newsletter
  • Hotline for complaints and reporting

Participation in the Harbour Walkway Project and/or completion of a visual integration project for installations involving citizens


La Coop fédérée

Founded in 1922, La Coop fédérée is the largest agri-food enterprise in Quebec and it is the 24th largest agri-food cooperative in the world.

120,000 members belonging to nearly 70 cooperatives

Main activities:

  • Food processing and distribution
  • Farm input supply
  • Distribution of hardware and oil products

Present port presence in Québec:

  • Port of Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Montréal)
  • Anse au Foulon (Québec)

Please consult the La Coop fédérée website for more information.


Media Relations

Virginie Barbeau, Senior Communication Advisor
La Coop fédérée
514-384-6450, #3332

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