Investing in our port communities
At the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, our vision is to make the Port of Vancouver the world’s most sustainable port. We work proactively to be a good neighbour, inspiring community connections, fostering relationships with Indigenous communities, and upholding safety and security.
We believe that in order for a community to truly thrive, those living there need to be able to access what the community has to offer.
One of the ways we work to create strong, vibrant port communities is with our broad-ranging community investment program. Through this program we dedicate up to 1% of our net income to support projects and initiatives that align with our vision.
Our program investments support three key pillars:
- Thriving Communities
- Healthy Environment
Being a good neighbour and building community connections is the key to a thriving community. This is why we are always looking for opportunities to support local organizations, programs, and initiatives in our neighbouring communities that enrich the lives of the people who live and work there.
Being a good neighbour
We believe in taking care of our neighbours. Through our community investment program, funding consideration is given to programs that endeavour to enhance the quality of life of people in our neighbouring communities, including:
- Enabling access to basic needs, such as food and shelter
- Creating safe neighbourhoods
- Training opportunities for employment
- Providing barrier-free opportunities
Fostering community connections
Sponsoring community events allows us to connect with our neighbours and share the work we do as the port authority with the community. Through the community investment program, priority is given to large public events and arts and culture initiatives that focus on
- Strengthening the local community
- Providing opportunities for people to connect with one another
- Providing free or low-cost ways to participate or attend
As a Canada Port Authority, we are responsible for the stewardship of water, land, habitat, and biodiversity within our jurisdiction. To do this, we regularly collaborate with community groups and environmental organizations to support conservation efforts and address environmental risks of port-related activity.
Through the community investment program, funding consideration will be given to organizations or programs that operate within one or more of the following areas:
- Air and climate action: air quality, greenhouse gas reduction, energy conservation and the use of alternative energy sources
- Water: water quality, sediment quality and the protection of marine and freshwater ecosystems
- Land: remediation, restoration and enhancement
- Biodiversity: enhancing and protecting aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity, including species at risk and their habitat
Port activities sustain thousands of jobs across the Lower Mainland. We partner with educational institutions to provide scholarships and bursaries to students furthering a career in port-related disciplines.
At this time, we support four different awards at local educational institutions. Please contact the institutions directly for application information.
- Capilano University Foundation – Scholarship Endowment (International Business and Logistics)
- BCIT Foundation – Port of Vancouver Scholarship in Memory of Christopher T. Brown
- BCIT Foundation – Port of Vancouver Entrance Award in Memory of Richard. C. Pearce
- Indspire – Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Award
Applying for funding
We receive numerous requests for funding each year. Unfortunately, we are not able to support every request. Priority is given to projects and initiatives that serve the communities within close proximity to port operations in our jurisdiction.
Before applying, please review the funding guidelines below to ensure your project or initiative is eligible.
Ineligible funding requests
The following organizations and/or activities are not eligible to receive funding through our community investment program:
- Major capital projects and campaigns
- Sports teams, athletes, tournaments, equipment or travel costs
- Parent advisory councils (PACs)
- Political, lobbyist or religious organizations
- Fundraising events (golf tournaments and galas)
- Private events
- Neighbourhood block parties
- Individual fundraising efforts
- Requests for 100% of a project’s budget
- Exclusive organizations that limit or bar participation on the basis of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation
In specific cases, we fund existing partnerships that fall outside this criteria.
How to apply
The community investment selection committee reviews applications on the following dates. Applications must be received by the application deadline stated below to be considered. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting.
|Application deadline||Applications reviewed|
January 9, 2020
January 16, 2020
April 9, 2020
April 16, 2020
October 1, 2020
October 8, 2020
Other ways we are investing in our communities
Centerm Community Fund
The Centerm Community Fund is contributing $500,000 over a three-year period (2019-2021) to local community-based organizations located in the Downtown Eastside, including Chinatown, Gastown, Railtown, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodland.
To learn more about the Centerm Community Fund or to apply, please visit: Centerm Community Fund.
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Leadership Program
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Leadership Program started in 2004 with just four students. Since then, more than 150 students have participated in the program, which includes applicants from five secondary schools across the Lower Mainland.
- Delta Secondary School
- Britannia Secondary School
- Burnaby Mountain Secondary School
- Carson Graham Secondary School
- R.C. Palmer Secondary School
Over the course of the program, students gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. After completing a minimum of 100 volunteer hours through training and event participation both at Canada Place and at community events throughout the year, students are eligible to receive a bursary.
Students interested in learning more about our secondary school leadership program at one of the participating schools listed above are encouraged to contact their school counsellor.
Light for a cause
The Canada Place Sails of Light are illuminated each evening from dusk
to dawn with vibrant colours. The Vancouver Fraser Port
Authority is pleased to offer local charities and non-profit events the opportunity to build awareness for their cause or organization by illuminating the Canada Place Sails of Light in colours themed to the specific cause on select days. This past year, the Sails of Light were lit in recognition of over 65 charities. To learn more, visit Canada Place Sails of Light.
Canada place events
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is pleased to host free community events at Canada Place throughout the year.
Our annual events include:
- Canada Day at Canada Place
- Waterfront Cinema
- World Maritime Day at the Port of Vancouver
- Christmas at Canada Place