Security at the Port of Vancouver is achieved through a variety of partnerships.

Transport Canada

  • Ensures International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) compliance in Canada
  • Monitors entry of foreign vessels to Canada’s waters
  • Consults on and approves port facilities security assessments
  • Ensures terminals and the port authority comply with the national Marine Transportation Security Act and related regulations

Transport Canada
International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)

Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada including:

  • Cargo screening using the latest technology to prevent contraband and dangerous goods from entering Canada by marine trade and other modes of transportation.
  • Radiation detection to improve the detection and subsequent seizure of contraband and dangerous goods passing through Canada’s ports. Radiation portals are installed at every container terminal and allow non-intrusive inspection of containers to promote increased international security without interruption to terminal operations. The Canada Border Services Agency’s objective is to screen 100 per cent of all container traffic, before it leaves the terminal.
  • Border protection and immigration, which is a joint responsibility of:
    • Canada Border Services Agency
    • Canadian Coast Guard
    • Marine Security Operations Centre (an arm of the Department of National Defence), which provides intelligence and oversight for Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of National Defence, Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Cruise ship passenger screening, including terminal access control, 24/7 camera surveillance and monitoring, and 100 per cent baggage screening.

Canada Border Services Agency

Partners in Protection

Partners in Protection is a cooperative program between private industry and the Canada Border Security Agency designed to streamline and make border processes more efficient for low-risk, pre-approved businesses recognized as trusted traders.

Partners in Protection

United States Customs and Border Protection

The Port of Vancouver provides a secure point of entry for North American-destined cargo. U.S. customs inspectors are stationed at the Port of Vancouver to pre-screen containerized cargo destined for the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Policing agencies

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority works with all local land-based police agencies within our jurisdiction, including Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway forces and waterside units with the Vancouver Police Department and New Westminster Police Department.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has dedicated resources which are integrated, intelligence-led teams that investigate federal statute offences at various locations. In Vancouver, the Waterfront Joint Forces Operation consist of partners from federal, provincial and municipal law-enforcement agencies that focus on national security investigations, organized crime and other criminality.

National Port Enforcement Teams

Association of Canadian Port Authorities

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority actively leads and participates on various local, regional and national committees that focus on port-related security through the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.

Association of Canadian Port Authorities

Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee

The Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee provides a venue for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard and other interested organizations to maintain an open dialogue on the coordination of marine assets on the waterways in and around the Metro Vancouver area during emergency or security response and recovery activities.

Current Partners

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Co-Chair) Nanaimo Port Authority
Canadian Coast Guard (Co-Chair) New Westminster Police Department (Marine)
BC Emergency Health Services North Shore Emergency Management Office
BC Ferries Pacific Pilotage Authority
Canadian Lifeboat Institute Public Safety Canada
City of Burnaby Emergency Management Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
City of Delta Fire Royal Canadian Mounted Police
City of Richmond Emergency Management Richmond Fire-Rescue
City of Vancouver Emergency Management Richmond RCMP
Coast Mountain Bus Company (Seabus) Seaspan Ferries Corporation
 Fisheries & Oceans Canada Seaspan Marine
 E-Comm 9-1-1 Simon Fraser University
 Emergency Management BC SMIT Marine Canada
 Harbour Air Surrey Fire Service
 Helijet TransLink
 Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management Transport Canada
 Jericho Rescue Centre Tymac Launch Service
 Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
 Joint Task Force Pacific (Department of National Defense) Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre
 Metro Vancouver Vancouver Police Department – Marine
 Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Western Canada Marine Response Corporation