Our mandate, as outlined under the Canada Marine Act, is to contribute to the competitiveness, growth and prosperity of the Canadian economy, while providing a high level of safety, protecting the environment and responding to local needs and priorities.
We want to ensure Canadians continue to enjoy a healthy environment and the benefits of trade for generations.
That’s why, in 2012, we invited industry, government, communities and First Nations to help us define what sustainability looks like for our gateway. Our sustainability definition is framed by economic, environmental and social themes with focus areas and success statements that help guide our work.
Environmental programs and initiatives
Water, land and wildlife
Across all of our operations, we adopt a holistic approach to protecting the water, land and wildlife within our jurisdiction through a variety of programs that benefit our aquatic environment, port lands, and the wildlife that inhabit these areas. Learn more about water, land and wildlife.
Air, energy and climate action
Our air, energy and climate action programs promote air emissions reductions in key sectors of the port supply chain such as ships, trucks, terminals and rail locomotives. Learn more about air, energy and climate action.
Port Metro Vancouver only approves projects that are unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. Our Project and Environmental Review process requires us to carefully assess the impact of all projects proposed on port lands. These reviews assess potential impacts on fish, wildlife, vegetation, water, soil and air quality, as well as human and ecological health. Learn more about environmental reviews.
Policy and regulations
Port Metro Vancouver requires that all port-related operations comply with established environmental legislative and regulatory requirements, promoting both accountability and transparency. Learn more about policy and regulations.