Community investment 

We are committed to being a good neighbour. Our jurisdiction covers approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline, bordering 16 municipalities and intersecting the traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations.

As we grow, so does our ability to support our neighbouring communities. Through our dynamic and broad-ranging community investment program, we dedicate up to one per cent of our net income to initiatives that matter to local communities. Our investments support three key pillars:

1. Community enrichment

We embrace inclusion, diversity, cultural and community activity, and convening local residents to participate in experiences that are authentic to a port city and that enhance our quality of life. Organization and program applicants must support activities that strengthen their local community and provide opportunities for people to connect with one another.

2. Education and training

We encourage education, awareness and training dedicated to improving access to and quality of educational resources and training opportunities for students in our operating areas. Priority consideration will be given to disciplines that support the operation of the port or related activities, or that are in areas facing skills shortages.

3. Environmental leadership

We take a holistic approach to protecting and improving air, land and water quality to promote biodiversity and human health through the advancement of knowledge and programs to protect habitat and species in our operating areas.

Organization and program applicants must operate within one or more of the following areas to be considered for funding:

    • Air: Air quality and greenhouse gases
    • Water and sediment: Water quality, sediment quality and the protection of ocean and river ecosystems
    • Land: Brownfield restoration and environmental remediation
    • Habitat: Habitat restoration and enhancement
    • Climate Action: Energy conservation and alternative energy to minimize greenhouse gas emissions

How to apply

Apply online

The community investment selection committee meets four times per year to review applications and select funding recipients, dates include:

Application deadline Applications reviewed

January 9, 2020

January 16, 2020

April 9, 2020

April 16, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 16, 2020

September 24, 2020

October 1, 2020

*Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for 2019.  You may submit your application for 2020 funding.

Applications must be received one week prior to a scheduled meeting date to be considered. All applicants will be advised of the status of their applications within one week after the review meeting.

With rare exceptions, the following types of requests are NOT eligible:

  • arts programs or initiatives
  • capital campaigns
  • requests to support activities outside of Canada
  • travel for organizations, service and/or students clubs, sports teams, etc.
  • 100 per cent of a project’s budget

The following types of organizations are NOT eligible to apply:

  • political organizations or parties
  • lobbyist organizations
  • religious organizations (unless a program is open to and benefits people of all faiths)
  • individual projects
  • organizations already funded by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority through our United Way campaign
  • exclusive organizations that bar participation on the basis of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation
  • professional athletes, sports teams and recreation programs
  • organizations not registered with the government as charitable or not-for-profit

Centerm Community Fund

Community organizations located in the Downtown Eastside (including Chinatown, Gastown, Railtown), Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise, and Grandview-Woodland are invited to submit their projects to the Centerm Community Fund here.

Partners in education program

Port Metro Vancovuer Community relations staffEach year we provide both secondary and post-secondary scholarships and bursaries to deserving students to help further their academic goals. These awards are presented to those furthering a career in port-related disciplines of marine education, transportation, logistics, geography, environment and agriculture. These awards are administered by the individual schools. Please contact the institutions directly for application information. Here is a list of our awards and scholarships:

Post-secondary scholarships

  • Capilano University Foundation – Scholarship Endowment (International Business and Logistics) – new for the 2015/2016 academic year
  • BCIT Foundation – Port of Vancouver Scholarship in Memory of Christopher T. Brown – $2,500
  • BCIT Foundation –  Port of Vancouver Entrance Award in Memory of Richard. C. Pearce – $2,500

Leadership program

Our leadership program began in 2004 with Delta Secondary and just four students. Since then, more than 120 students have participated and the program has grown to include five secondary schools:

  • Delta Secondary School
  • Britannia Secondary School
  • Burnaby Mountain Secondary School
  • Carson Graham Secondary School
  • R.C. Palmer Secondary School

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 at Canada Place and at community events throughout the summer, students receive an honorarium. To learn more about the program and apply, email [email protected].

Cause campaigns

Canada Place Sails of LightA striking celebration of colour and light on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Canada Place Sails of Light are viewable from the west side of Canada Place, a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority property, with prime viewing locations including Stanley Park, the Coal Harbour seawall, the Vancouver Convention Centre West and the surrounding waterways. The Canada Place Sails of Light are illuminated each evening from dusk to dawn, with seasonal vibrant colours, displays and animation. 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.

Canada Place
Canada Place Sails of Light
Apply for a Canada Place Sails of Lighting request