Vancouver, B.C.: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority today announced the details of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project community investment program, which will provide $6 million to Delta organizations and students, should the project proceed.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is a proposed new marine container terminal on Canada’s west coast led by the port authority. If approved and built, the project would play a critical role in supporting Canadian exporters and consumers of goods who increasingly want to trade with economies around the world.
“We have a long history of supporting local organizations, programs, and initiatives that enrich the lives of the people who live and work in port communities like Delta,” said Duncan Wilson, vice president, environment and external affairs at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We are excited to have the opportunity to support Delta students and community-based organizations through the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project community investment program, should the project proceed.”
The program includes three components: a community fund, community grants, and an education fund. For the $3.5 million community fund, organizations that support the Delta community may apply for a maximum of $50,000 per year, in line with the port authority’s existing community investment program. As part of the $2 million community grants component, organizations that support the Delta community will be invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of $50,000 and will be selected based on a matrix of factors. The $500,000 education fund will be made available to grade 12 students at public schools in Delta who are pursuing post-secondary training or education.
Funding will be distributed in phases, with an initial $500,000 from the community fund made available should a positive project decision be received from the federal government. The remaining funds will be made available once a final investment decision is made and will continue throughout the duration of construction. Additional details on the evaluation criteria and application process will be shared at a later date.
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About the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
Led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is a proposed container terminal in Delta, B.C. that is needed to ensure Canada is able to meet growing trade demands beyond 2040. The project has been undergoing a federal environmental assessment since 2013. In August 2019, the public record was closed following a six-week public hearing. The port authority is responding to an information request made by the federal government in August 2020 and is hopeful that a decision on the project can be made soon after a response has been provided. The project requires federal approval and other permits before it can proceed. Learn more at portvancouver.com/rbt2.
About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Port of Vancouver
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the Port of Vancouver. Like all Canada Port Authorities, we are accountable to the federal minister of transport, and operate pursuant to the Canada Marine Act with a mandate 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 1,500 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 traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo. Enabling the trade of approximately $240 billion in goods with more than 170 countries, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.
For more information about previous Vancouver Fraser Port Authority community investments, visit portvancouver.com/community/neighbouring-communities.