Demand for Canadian trade is increasing, and the Vancouver gateway is growing as a result. To support our mandate to enable Canada’s trade, we collaborate with local municipalities, the provincial and federal governments, and industry stakeholders to build and deliver infrastructure projects.
In considering how best to accommodate increasing trade demand, our focus is as follows:
- Making the best and most efficient use of existing land and facilities
- Building infrastructure to support port operations, such as new land masses and better roadways
- Improving rail and trucking corridors, such as by building overpasses so drivers can avoid rail tracks
- Constructing marine habitat to offset the impacts on the environment of port development
We lead the development of common-use infrastructure both on and off port land, while port tenants generally lead terminal improvements. Projects range from minor upgrades of existing infrastructure and widening road and railways, to large-scale terminal reconfigurations and land reclamation to build new terminals.
In addition to leading some of these projects, we also support other projects that are delivered by partners. These partner-led projects meet the overarching objectives of the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy—a collaborative effort to prioritize regional infrastructure projects.
Terminal and facility
We are working with terminal operators and tenants to maximize the potential of existing port facilities to handle Canada’s growing trade.
Road and rail
We are investing in and building infrastructure throughout the region that will help support trade growth while improving safety, mobility, and protecting the environment.
Our history of gateway development
Over the years, we have supported many projects in the Vancouver gateway to help meet the demand of growing trade through the Port of Vancouver:
- 2009 to 2015 – Approximately $7.5 billion was invested into the gateway, driven by funding from the Government of Canada through a program called the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative
- 2014 – The Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum was created, the Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030 strategy was completed
- 2017 – The port authority, as part of the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum, submitted nine funding applications to the federal government’s National Trade Corridors Fund
- 2018 – The port authority received more than $220 million from the Government of Canada as part of the National Trade Corridors Fund for infrastructure projects in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Pitt Meadows
- 2019 – The port authority received nearly $100 million from the Government of Canada as part of the National Trade Corridors Fund for infrastructure projects along the Fraser River