25 October 2023
Following the acquisition of their transhipment yard a few years ago, the City of Matagami makes major improvements.

The City of Matagami, located in the Jamésie territory in the southern part of the Nord-du-Québec region, wishes to offer its population the best possible living environment, namely by creating permanent jobs at its transshipment center.

The city wants to leverage its long-term mining development potential with the gradual commissioning of three lithium mines, thus generating an increase in rail traffic.


As a first step, we developed a trusting relationship with the City and the Matagami Development Corporation during the feasibility phases for required modifications to the transshipment yard. Subsequently, we will be carrying out engineering studies, assisting the City in the selection of the contractor, and ensuring that the works are carried out in accordance with plans and standards.

This is an essential project for the people of Matagami and their future. The transhipment yard should lead to the creation of around 15 to 20 new permanent jobs, which is significant for the scale of this community. Alongside the town and its development corporation, SYSTRA Canada is mobilizing its expertise in heavy rail, one of the areas in which we are most firmly rooted in the country.

Maria-Pia Longo, P.Eng., PMP
Tarek Khoury, P.Eng., M.Eng.


The transshipment yard is located at the end of the rail line and at the beginning of the Billy-Diamond Highway (until 2020, it was known as the James Bay Highway). From this location, the road offers transportation options not available elsewhere, reducing procurement and shipping costs.


  • 15 to 20 jobs will be created
  • Increase from 800 to 8,000 railcars per year
  • 4 additional kilometres of new rail

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