Port Metro Vancouver

About the Port

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and busiest port, a dynamic gateway for domestic and international trade and tourism, and a major economic force that strengthens the Canadian economy. Bordering 16 municipalities and one treaty First Nation, and intersecting the traditional territories of several First Nations, the Port facilitates trade with more than 160 world economies, and handles 135 million tonnes of cargo each year. Almost 95 percent of the Port’s total volume serves Canadian import and export markets.

Including indirect and induced effects, in round numbers, the total impacts of ongoing operations at businesses related to Port Metro Vancouver across Canada are:

  • 98,800 jobs
  • $9.7 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • $20.3 billion in economic output; and
  • $6.1 billion in wages

Our Mandate

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, doing business as Port Metro Vancouver, is a non-shareholder, financially self-sufficient corporation, established by the Government of Canada in January 2008, pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and is accountable to the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Port Metro Vancouver is able to make independent and timely commercial orientated decisions on business plans and capital spending, clearly focused on the operational needs of port users, and guided by a vision for long-term efficient growth and competitiveness.

To learn more, please visit the Port Metro Vancouver website.

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project facts

Port Metro Vancouver activities generate more than 98,800 jobs across Canada.


Port Metro Vancouver trades $184 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies annually.

Port Metro Vancouver activities generate a total economic output of $20.3 billion across Canada.

When operating at practical capacity, the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project would provide 12,400 total jobs each year, worth $813 million in wages each year.

The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project would provide 2.4 million TEUs of container capacity.

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