Fence replacement work begins at New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration project

June 15, 2022

Vancouver, B.C.: Starting today, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will begin replacing temporary wire fencing with permanent wood fencing at the New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project located in New Brighton Park, on the south side of Burrard Inlet.

The New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project was led by the port authority in collaboration with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and the Vancouver Park Board. Completed in 2017, the project enhanced approximately two hectares of shoreline at New Brighton Park to provide high-value habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. Wire habitat fencing was installed as a temporary measure to protect the newly created habitat area from disturbance before permanent wood habitat fencing could be installed.

The port authority has retained Inlailawatash, an Indigenous-owned contractor, to remove and replace the wire fencing with permanent wood habitat fencing, and also to install wood fencing along the two viewing decks located on the west edge of the wetland. The fencing work will commence on Wednesday, June 15, and is expected to take five to six business days to complete; all work should be finished by the end of the month. To protect the safety of the public and maintenance workers, there may be temporary closures of the walking path on the west side of the wetland while the work is underway.

The New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project is part of the port authority’s Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP). The program proactively offsets the environmental effects of port authority-led projects, as part of the federal agency’s broader work to enable Canada’s trade growth through the Port of Vancouver within a context of strong environmental protection.   

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About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Port of Vancouver 

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver. Like all Canada Port Authorities, we are accountable to the federal minister of transport, and operate pursuant to the Canada Marine Act with a mandate to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. The port authority is structured as a non-share corporation, is financially self-sufficient and does not rely on tax dollars for operations. Our revenues come from port terminals and tenants who lease port lands, and from port users who pay various fees such as harbour dues. Profits are reinvested in port infrastructure. The port authority has control over the use of port land and water, which includes more than 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land, and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline. Located 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, bordering 16 municipalities and intersecting the traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo. Enabling the trade of approximately $240 billion in goods with more than 170 world economies, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.