About Us

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.

Like all Canada Port Authorities, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority 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 of Vancouver 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.


ASR2014_16Municipalities_TextPositioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, the Port of 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, more than 1,000 hectares of land and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline.

We border 16 municipalities and intersect the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations.

Port of Vancouver interactive map


The Port of 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 170 world economies, and handled 138 million tonnes of cargo in 2015 valued at $200 billion. Almost 95 per cent of the port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.

ASR2014_510MillionCargo_TextThe 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. The Canada Place cruise terminal at the Port of Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.

Cargo and terminals
Marine operations
Truck and rail

Economic benefits

GDP InfographicAccording to the 2012 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

2012 Port of Vancouver Economic Impact Study [PDF]
Detailed benefits for each community adjacent to port lands

Our roles and responsibilities

IMG_0088In 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 the Port of 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.