Compliance monitoring and enforcement program

We use our Project and Environmental Review process to fulfill our federal responsibilities under the Canada Marine Act and the Impact Assessment Act, carefully reviewing and considering potential effects from all proposed project development on federal lands and waters before determining if a project should proceed.

If a proposed project is approved, a project permit will be issued with conditions.

We have updated our approach to monitoring and documenting project permit condition compliance. These improvements are part of our continued commitment to sustainability and safety at the port authority. We also investigate unauthorized works conducted by our tenants without obtaining a project permit from us.

Our compliance monitoring and enforcement program has the following objectives:

  • Efficiently and effectively monitor compliance with project permit conditions;
  • Provide an effective deterrent to non-compliance with permit conditions and unauthorized works;
  • Enhance opportunities for amicable resolutions to instances of non-compliance; and
  • Increase transparency of the port authority’s post-permit monitoring processes, including compliance oversight and enforcement actions.

Under the program, non-compliance is defined as a failure to act in accordance with a project permit condition. Unauthorized work is work that is undertaken without a project permit which would have required a project permit, or work undertaken that is beyond the scope of what is authorized in a project permit.

Enforcement actions

A summary of active enforcement actions which have been issued is provided in the table below. This table will be updated promptly after the issuance of an enforcement action. For more information on all of our enforcement actions, please refer to our previous quarterly enforcement reports.

Summary of enforcement actions for 2024

Permit holder/proponent


Project permit

Enforcement action



Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project 17-107

Correction order

Ministry letter

VFPA letter

2024-03-07 In progress
Fraser Surrey Docks LP Canola Oil Transload Facility 22-017

Notice of non-compliance

2024-02-23 Resolved
Peter Kiewit Sons ULC Maintenance Dredging 22-046

Notice of non-compliance

2024-03-04 Resolved
Fraser Surrey Docks LP Canola Oil Transload Facility 22-017

Corrective order

2024-04-08 Resolved
Fortis BC Eagle mountain barge landing – Indian Arm 21-159

Stop work order

2024-01-18 In progress

2023 Report

2023 Annual Report

2022 Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Report

2019 Annual Report

To learn more

Find out more about our Project and Environmental Review process or the status of a project permit application.
If you have questions, please email our Planning and Development department or call 604.665.9047.