Infrastructure and Development


Roberts Bank Terminal 2Demand for Canadian trade is increasing, and the Vancouver gateway is growing as a result. The port authority leads development of common use infrastructure both on and off the port, while port tenants lead on-terminal improvements. Projects can range from overpasses and large-scale terminal reconfigurations to minor upgrades to existing facilities.

Development led by port tenants

Tenants are required to apply for a project permit for any project on port lands or waters. View the status of current project permit applications. Subscribe to our Project Permit Updates newsletter for regular updates on permitting and status of project applications.

Development led by the port authority

Infrastructure development proposed or under review



Ongoing programs

North Shore Lynnterm site upgrades and road realignment North Shore Trade Area
Burnaby Burnaby Rail Corridor Improvements
Pitt Meadows Pitt Meadows Road and Rail Improvements
Roberts Bank Deltaport Terminal Road and Rail Improvement Project
Deltaport truck staging facility
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility Project
Roberts Bank Rail Corridor
South Shore Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project 
Commissioner Street Road and Rail Improvement Project
South Shore Trade Area

Habitat Enhancement Program projects proposed or under review




Delta Tsawwassen Eelgrass Design, permitting and approvals phase
Delta Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh Permitting and approvals phase
North Vancouver Maplewood Marine Restoration Design
Richmond McDonald Tidal Marsh Permitting and approvals phase
Richmond South Arm Jetty Tidal Marsh Design, permitting and approvals phase
Vancouver Point Grey Tidal Marsh
Design, permitting and approvals phase

Learn about habitat enhancement projects that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has completed in Delta, Surrey and Vancouver.

Our approach

We work collaboratively with government and industry to fund and deliver infrastructure projects in key trade areas. Our focus is on improving rail and trucking corridors, optimizing available facilities, and building new facilities where needed to meet growing demand.

Container Capacity Improvement Program

Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is growing. To ensure the timely delivery of the infrastructure that will be needed in the future, we consider opportunities to:

  • increase the capacity and efficiency of existing container terminals
  • convert existing under-utilized terminals to handle containers; and
  • build a new terminal

Learn more about our long-term strategy to meet anticipated growth in the container sector, the Container Capacity Improvement Program, and projects underway or proposed.

Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum

The Government of Canada’s $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, and in particular the $4 billion National Infrastructure Component, presents a generational opportunity to identify and address transportation infrastructure needs that will support current and future gateway expansion.

Recognizing a regional approach to planning is best, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority led the creation of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum in 2014, which brings together the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink, Transport Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council to identify infrastructure needs in major trade corridors. The forum also works with the regional Mayors’ Vision, the Pacific Gateway Alliance and the New West Partnership.

Key considerations are increasing capacity for new trade and mitigating impacts on local communities. To date, the forum has assembled a preliminary list of 28 potential projects after more than 60 meetings to engage elected local and regional government officials, municipal planners and engineers, and potential project proponents.

In addition to regular meetings and associated project identification and screening activities, there are two studies underway, both funded by TransLink, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Transport Canada, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

  • Roberts Bank Trade Area Study, led by TransLink
  • Fraser River Trade Area Study, led by B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

To contact the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum, email [email protected] or phone 604.665.9639.

Gateway Infrastructure MapPast collaborations

Along with our partners, we developed the Gateway Infrastructure Program in 2008 to invest in infrastructure projects that would facilitate the growth of trade and benefit local communities. Our partners were Transport Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TransLink, and the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council.

Seventeen infrastructure projects were identified in the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor, North Shore Trade Area and South Shore Trade Area through consultation with port stakeholders and supported by independent analysis.

The focus for these projects was to enhance efficiency and safety of rail operations, increase our ability to accommodate anticipated growth in trade-related traffic, and generate community benefits such as improved local traffic flows and traffic safety, better emergency vehicle access, reduced train whistling and noise, and reduced vehicle idling at level crossings.

Gateway Infrastructure Program projects were funded by both government and industry through the federal Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative and the Gateway Infrastructure Fee. The total investment was $717 million, or which $167 was pre-funded by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. These projects were completed in March 2015.

Gateway Infrastructure Program Advisory Committee

With the development of the Gateway Infrastructure Program came the recognition that many of the port’s stakeholders would benefit significantly from the improvements identified as part of the program. A cost-recovery model, the Gateway Infrastructure Fee, was developed through discussion with several stakeholders, including shipping associations and port operators. Those discussions led to the establishment of the Gateway Infrastructure Program Advisory Committee in 2010.

The committee meets on an annual basis to provide feedback on the Gateway Infrastructure Fee, recommend options to communicate with port stakeholders about the fee and report back to their respective membership. The committee is composed of ten individuals representing terminal operators, tenants, shippers, shipping lines, industry groups and the port.

Learn more about the Gateway Infrastructure Fee.


Overview – Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative [PDF]
Terms of reference – Gateway Infrastructure Program Advisory Committee Terms of Reference [PDF]
Consultation Summary Report – Gateway Infrastructure Program [PDF]
Consideration Memo – Gateway Infrastructure Program [PDF]
2017 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2016 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2015 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2014 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2013 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2012 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]
2011 Annual Report – Gateway Infrastructure Fee [PDF]