Canada’s west coast is a special part of the world with spectacular natural beauty. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities. Its communities are vibrant and growing, with an economy grounded by diverse and strong business sectors. The port plays an important role in the region’s prosperity.

As the port authority responsible for Canada’s largest port, we carefully and constantly balance multiple priorities and interests. We facilitate trade that supports jobs in communities across the country, and also uphold port safety and security, protect the environment, and consider local community interests.

We believe a sustainable port delivers economic prosperity through trade, maintains a healthy environment, and enables thriving communities, through meaningful dialogue, shared aspirations and collective accountability.

Learn about our approach to sustainability and how initiatives such as Port 2050 have helped us to imagine and plan for the future.

2018 highlights

Economic prosperity through trade

Federal funding for infrastructure: In response to our funding applications the government of Canada announced more than $220 million in funding for infrastructure projects throughout the region that will facilitate growing trade and alleviate the impacts of goods movement on local communities. 
25 million cruise passengers: We welcomed the 25 millionth cruise passenger to our award-winning Canada Place cruise terminal.
Increasing container capacity:We finalized work to secure all permits, construction contracts and commercial arrangements necessary to proceed with the expansion of the Centerm container terminal.
Preparing for growing container trade: In order to continue to move the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project through the federal environmental assessment process, our project team responded to 385 requests for information from the independent review panel.
Advising government: We completed 15 submissions to the federal government, providing insights and advice for port- and trade-related issues, including an extensive submission to the Ports Modernization Review.
A new container examination facility: We completed construction of the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility at Roberts Bank, in partnership with Tsawwassen First Nation and Canada Border Services Agency.

Healthy environment

World Ports Climate Action Program: We joined the World Ports Climate Action Program, a new initiative bringing together port authorities from around the world to work together on projects that address the issue of global warming.
Recognition for sustainability: The port authority was awarded a 2018 Governance Professionals of Canada Excellence in Governance Award in recognition of our sustainability governance practices.
Understanding the effects of marine shipping on whales: The port authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program coordinated two underwater noise reduction research initiatives with the support of many participants. Large commercial ship operators were asked to slow down or shift away from known whale feeding areas during the summer months when whales return to B.C. waters. The program also received a Lloyd’s List environmental award.
Successful fish habitat:The New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project received a gold rating under the Stewardship Centre for BC’s Green Shores® for Coastal Development program. The project, completed in 2017 in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and in collaboration with Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, provides high-value habitat for fish and wildlife at a site that had been infilled in the 1960s.
Rewarding environmental efforts:We recognized 19 marine carriers and terminal operators with a Blue Circle Award for their voluntary efforts to conserve energy and reduce air emissions and noise in and beyond the Port of Vancouver.
Consulting to improve marine habitat:We invited the public to provide feedback on our proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project. The project will enhance approximately five hectares of lower-value marine habitat into higher-value intertidal, eelgrass and subtidal rock reef habitat.

Thriving communities

Safe boating on Burrard Inlet: We extended a voluntary 15-knot speed restriction that was introduced earlier in the year in an effort to ensure the safety of all boaters around the busy entry to the Vancouver harbour. Deep-sea ships already follow a speed restriction of 10 knots in the area.
Seeking traditional knowledge: At the request of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, we hosted a workshop with Indigenous groups and eelgrass experts to inform the selection of donor eelgrass sites present within Burrard Inlet for the proposed Maplewood Marine Restoration Project.
A safer Fraser River:We made amendments to the navigational procedures outlined in our Port Information Guideformalizing existing best practices for traffic control and safety on the Fraser River.
$1 million for our communities:We invested nearly $1 million in surrounding communities through our community investment program and, with port partners, our annual port gala fundraiser.
Community events: We successfully hosted large-scale community events such as Canada Day at Canada Place and Christmas at Canada Place, and represented the port and the port authority at community events throughout the year.
Increasing awareness: Our Community Awareness Campaign told stories on TV, online and outdoors to raise understanding about how the port connects our world, and how the port authority works to protect the environment.

Sustainability report 2018








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