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South Shore Trade Area

Program overview

  • $127 million capital investment

  • $58 million industry contribution, pre-funded by Port Metro Vancouver

  • 2 projects

South Shore Trade Area

About the program

The South Shore Trade Area is one of several important import/export gateways in the lower Fraser Valley and geographically covers port activities along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

In 2007, the South Shore Trade Area processed approximately 28 million metric tonnes of goods and is scheduled to have a throughput of about 32 million metric tonnes in 2010.

This area is a major employment generator for the Metro Vancouver region, supporting the marine, rail and trucking industries, the import/export commodities industry, and other supporting industry for western Canada. Investments in road-rail improvements in the area will increase the economic benefits of this strategic gateway.

Program participants

Direct funding participants

  • Government of Canada
  • Port Metro Vancouver
  • City of Vancouver
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Canadian National Railway  

Consulted participants

  • DP World (Centerm)
  • Terminal Systems Incorporated (Vanterm)
  • Marco Containers
  • Viterra
  • Lafarge
  • Alliance Grain
  • Lantic Inc. (Rogers Sugar)
  • West Coast Reduction
  • TransLink
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

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Project benefits

Improved access and traffic flows

These projects have benefits to terminals and cargo owners, including:

  • Accommodating anticipated growth in rail and road traffic
  • Gaining additional rail trackage and enabling more fluid operation
  • Improved port truck movements and traffic flows
  • Improved access to terminal facilities for commercial traffic
  • Eliminating requirement for truck staging on Stewart Street
  • Enabling safe and efficient access to Port lands for employees

Quality of life and environmental benefits

In addition, they will also provide local quality of life and environmental benefits, including:

  • Eliminating rail/road conflicts on a number of active rail tracks
  • Eliminating conflicts with bus service, pedestrians and cyclists

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