Commissioner Street Road and Rail Improvements Project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is undertaking a road work project to widen and realign Commissioner Street to the north between Nanaimo Street and Slocan Street in order to make room for Canadian Pacific (CP) to add additional rail track. This project is being done to help support the capacity needed on the south shore to move goods, and it received funding in 2018 from the Government of Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund.

The project includes:

  • Removal of the old Columbia Containers grain elevator
  • Changes to Commissioner Street near Columbia Containers, includes shifting the road north, paving and adding a new lane
  • Construction of a retaining wall
  • Future installation of an additional rail track next to current tracks, from four tracks to six tracks (led by CP)

These improvements will:

  • Improve port truck movements and traffic flows
  • Improve access to terminal facilities for commercial traffic
  • Enable safe and efficient access to port lands for employees and service providers
  • Provide land for rail track expansion, supporting trade growth and increased local and national job

Current activity

The old Columbia Containers grain elevator has now been demolished. We are working on the final design of the road realignment, and anticipate we will install the retaining wall and start road work this summer.


The below timeline shows historical events as well as the project’s anticipated timeline. Dates subject to change.

  • January 2020–March 2020 – Deconstruction of the old Columbia Containers grain elevator
  • September 2020 – Road realignment begins
  • Spring 2021 – Completion of road realignment
  • Q1 2023 – Construction of rail portion
  • Q3 2023 – Completion of Cascadia support track project

Funding partners

Funding for this project is provided by the Government of Canada’s through the National Trade Corridors Fund, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and CP. Project value $84.2 million.

Part of Greater Vancouver Gateway 2030.

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