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Port authority makes name change to provide clarity

April 6, 2016

Vancouver, B.C.: Vancouver’s port is getting a new name today, dropping Port Metro Vancouver to become the “Port of Vancouver.” In addition, the port authority will implement the consistent use of its legal name, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, when referencing activities or decisions of the port authority. The change is intended to strengthen the port’s recognition with stakeholders and customers as well as provide clarity and distinction between the activities of the port authority and those of the greater port community.

Feedback and research has indicated the use of “Port Metro Vancouver” to refer to the port and the federal port authority created confusion between activities of the port authority, port tenants and terminals, and even the regional government. Internationally, the port is already widely referenced as the Port of Vancouver in keeping with customary naming conventions for ports.

The Port of Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and much of the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority remains the steward of the Port of Vancouver, formed in 2008 when three regional port authorities were amalgamated.

As a Canadian port authority, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority was established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and is accountable to the federal minister of transport. The port authority’s mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.

About the Port of Vancouver

Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America and responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods in 2015, the port generates an estimated 100,000 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

As a non-shareholder, financially self-sufficient corporation established by the Government of Canada, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act and is accountable to the elected federal minister of transport. The port authority is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, and integrates environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations.


Julia Ren
Media & Government Affairs Advisor
[email protected]



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