The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port.
Like all Canada Port Authorities, we are accountable to the federal minister of transport. Our mandate is to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.
The port authority is structured as a non-share corporation, is financially self-sufficient and does not rely on tax dollars for operations. Our revenues come from port terminals and tenants who lease port lands, and from port users who pay various fees such as harbour dues. Profits are reinvested in port infrastructure.
The port authority has control over the use of port land and water, which includes more than 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land, and approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline. Located on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, the Port of Vancouver extends from Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to and including Burrard Inlet, bordering 16 municipalities and intersecting the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. The port is complex and includes many organizations beyond the port authority. Among other roles, we are responsible for overseeing port development as Canada’s trade grows – and we do that both by building infrastructure and by reviewing and permitting development projects in the port, such as terminal expansions.