History and Awards

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) was established on November 3, 1978, under the Canada Business Corporations Act and was a wholly owned subsidiary of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority until September 30, 1998. On October 1, 1998, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited.

Since February 13, 2014, JCCBI is a Parent Crown Corporation reporting directly to Infrastructure Canada.

Since December 1, 1978, the Corporation has assumed responsibility for the management, maintenance and control of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges and a portion of the Bonaventure Expressway. This responsibility had formerly been assumed by the National Harbours Board.

On October 1, 1998, the Corporation also assumed responsibility for the federal portion of the Honoré Mercier Bridge and for the Melocheville Tunnel. This responsibility had formerly been assumed by the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Management of the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure was transferred to the Corporation from Transport Canada on December 2, 1999.

Since its establishment, the Corporation has undertaken many major projects on its network that have been acclaimed by peers. In recent years, the Corporation’s awards attest to the rigour and innovation with which it has carried out these projects, including the Jacques Cartier Bridge deck replacement project, which won four awards.


Montreal, October 21, 2003
At the 49th Annual Convention/Exhibition held in Orlando, Florida, on October 21, 2003, the Jacques Cartier Bridge Redecking Project won a Precast Design Award in the Best Rehabilitated Bridge category. The Jacques Cartier Bridge project was the only Canadian project to win an award among the 138 submissions received from across North America.

Montreal, May 8, 2003

The Institut d’acier et d’armature du Québec awarded The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and Groupement SMDB an Armatura award for civil engineering for the Jacques Cartier Bridge deck replacement work. The award was presented during the third Armatura awards ceremony, entitled La fierté des bâtisseurs, 30 ans d’innovation [the pride of builders: 30 years of innovation].

The Armatura awards recognize the prominent use of reinforced concrete in modern construction projects other than single-family dwellings.

Montreal, March 27, 2003
The Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec marked National Engineering Week national celebration of excellence in engineering to launch the first Grands Prix du génie-conseil québcois [Quebec consulting engineers awards].

The awards ceremony at the Montreal Science Centre was held in recognition of consultant and client partnerships, a crucial factor in ensuring successful projects.

Following an analysis of 30 projects carried out in Quebec and on the international scene from January 1, 2000 to September 30, 2002, 9 winners, comprising consulting engineers and their clients, received a Léonard award. The winners have improved the quality of life by applying science and technology to achieve sustainable development.

The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated and SNC-Lavalin Inc. won a Léonard Award in the Transportation Infrastructure category for the Jacques Cartier Bridge deck replacement work.

Montreal, March 13, 2003

Each year, the Association Béton Québec presents the prestigious ARCUS awards. These awards highlight the outstanding contribution of an individual or group of individuals who have carried out a project using ready-mixed concrete to enhance the quality, originality, innovation or aesthetics of their designs, thereby highlighting the intrinsic qualities of ready-mixed concrete.

On March 13, in cooperation with the Association des Architectes en pratique privée du Québec and the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec, the ABQ awarded the third prize jointly, as finalist, to both SNC-Lavalin Inc. and The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated for work done to replace the Jacques Cartier Bridge deck.

Montreal, 1994
The Corporation won the Méritas Award in the Team category for the Champlain Bridge restoration (1990-1994). This award is presented annually by the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, Régionale Plein Sud, to a team of engineers that has distinguished itself through the outstanding quality of its contribution to a large-scale project.