The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, doing business as Port Metro Vancouver, is responsible for the stewardship of federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.
Like all Canadian port authorities, Port Metro Vancouver is established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and accountable to the federal Minister of Transport. Our mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.
The port is Canada’s largest, supporting close to one in every five dollars of trade in goods that flow through our country and offering the broadest range of cargo-handling options of any port in North America.
Positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, Port Metro Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet. The port authority manages over 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land and approximately 350 kilometers of shoreline.
We border 16 municipalities and intersect the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations.
Port Metro Vancouver is the third largest port in North America in terms of total tonnage moved in and out of the port. We’re home to 27 major marine cargo terminals, three Class 1 railroads, and a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community.
As the most diversified port in North America, we operate across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. The port facilitates trade with more than 160 world economies, and handled 140 million tonnes of cargo in 2014 valued at $187 billion. Almost 95 per cent of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.
The port is home to many different enterprises including cargo and cruise terminals, industries requiring tidewater access, shipyards, tugboats, railways, trucks, shipping agents, freight forwarders, suppliers, builders, and administrative agencies.
Our deep-sea terminals provide Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities with virtually no draft restrictions. Our freshwater facilities offer integrated services for the automobile and coastal forest industries, and for short-sea shipping. Port Metro Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise terminal serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.
According to the 2012 Port Metro Vancouver Economic Impact Study, operations directly related to the port create:
- 98,800 Canadian jobs
- $9.7 billion in gross domestic product (GDP)
- $20.3 billion in economic output
- $6.1 billion in wages
- $67,000 average wage for direct job compared to the $44,000 average wage in Canada
- $1.3 billion per year in tax revenues
Our roles and responsibilities
In fulfilling our mandate under the Canada Marine Act, the port authority carries out a variety of duties:
Safety and security of all land and waters, in collaboration with other agencies, using technology and land and water patrols.
Permitting of all projects proposed for the use of federal port lands.
Environmental reviews under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 for projects on port lands.
Planning including general future use of port lands, long-term economic forecasting, strategic plans and performance evaluation.
Real estate management including negotiation of all tenant leases and purchase and sale of holdings.
Transportation operations in collaboration with all terminal operators, railroads and shippers to ensure efficient goods movement throughout port lands and waters.
Infrastructure development to support growth and efficient operations, including collaboration with government and others on projects beyond port lands.
Customer services with trade partners around the world, demonstrating Port Metro Vancouver’s competitive advantage.
Communication and collaboration with port stakeholders including local, provincial, federal and international governments, local communities, trade partners, Aboriginal groups and the general public.