PORT OF VANCOUVER
WESTAC MEMBER SINCE: 1973
The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified Port and the largest export port in North America. Each year, we trade $184 billion in goods – or one-fifth of Canada’s goods – with more than 160 trading economies. In 2013, that amounted to 135 million metric tonnes of cargo in four business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk and container. Our fifth business sector, cruise, attracted more than 810,000 passengers to Vancouver for our 2013 Alaskan cruise season.
The Port of Vancouver is a non-shareholder, financially self-sufficient corporation established by the Government of Canada under the Canada Marine Act, and is accountable to the federal Minister of Transportation. Our mandate includes contributing to the competitiveness, growth and prosperity of the Canadian economy, and facilitating the movement of goods and people in a safe, efficient and sustainable way. Our 11-member board is appointed by the federal government: seven members are nominated by port users, and one by each of the federal government, provincial government, the Prairie provinces and the municipalities that surround the Port. Our jurisdiction covers hundreds of kilometres of shoreline bordering 16 municipalities, one treaty First Nation, and several First Nations. We manage more than 16,000 hectares of water, and nearly 1,000 hectares of land and assets.
Through an extensive community engagement program, Port of Vancouver works hard to preserve the quality of life in our region and to leverage the Port’s ability to drive growth and prosperity.