Canada's largest and busiest port
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, doing business as Port Metro Vancouver, is a non-shareholder, financially self-sufficient corporation, established by the Government of Canada in January 2008, pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and is accountable to the federal Minister of Transport. Port Metro Vancouver is able to make independent and timely commercial orientated decisions on business plans and capital spending, clearly focused on the operational needs of port users, and guided by a vision for long-term efficient growth and competitiveness.
Port Metro Vancouver is responsible for the operation and development of the assets and jurisdictions of the combined former Fraser River Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority.
Positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, Port Metro Vancouver is North America’s gateway to the world’s most dynamic economies. Port jurisdiction covers more than 600 kilometres of shoreline and extends from Point Roberts at the Canada/U.S. border through Burrard Inlet to Port Moody and Indian Arm, and from the mouth of the Fraser River, eastward to the Fraser Valley, north along the Pitt River to Pitt Lake, and includes the north and middle arms of the Fraser River.
On January 1, 2008, after nearly one hundred and fifty years of existing separately, the Fraser River Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority combined to become the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), now known as Port Metro Vancouver. For more information, please visit the Corporate section of our website.
Bordering 16 municipalities and one treaty First Nation, and intersecting the traditional territories of several First Nations, Port Metro Vancouver works with elected officials, city staff, residents and businesses to balance the needs of the shipping and tourism industries, and local communities. The Port is committed to sustainable operations and development, mindful of economic, social and environmental impacts.
As the fourth largest tonnage port in North America, we offer 28 major marine cargo terminals and three Class 1 railroads, providing a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community.
Port Metro Vancouver's deep-sea terminals offer virtually no draft restrictions, Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities. The Port's freshwater facilities offer integrated services for the automobile and coastal forest industries, and for short-sea shipping. Port Metro Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.
As the most diversified port in North America, Port Metro Vancouver operates across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. The Port facilitates trade with more than 160 world economies, and handles nearly 130 million tonnes of cargo each year. Almost 95 percent of the Port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.
The Port's environmental programs include environmental management of all port operations and mitigation of environmental impacts related to development and expansion proposals.
Port Metro Vancouver is committed to the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers through the port while integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. By strengthening our partnerships and encouraging innovation, we can improve the port's performance in a sustainable way.