Canada's largest port
Port Metro Vancouver jurisdictional map
Port Metro Vancouver interactive map
Port Metro Vancouver 2014 Sustainability Report
Frequently Asked Questions
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, doing business as Port Metro Vancouver is a financially independent corporation, established by the Government of Canada pursuant to the Canada Marine Act, and accountable to the federal Minister of Transport.
Our mandate is to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.
Port Metro Vancouver is responsible for the operation and development of the assets and jurisdictions of the former Fraser River Port Authority, North Fraser Port Authority and Vancouver Port Authority, which were amalgamated in 2008.
Port Metro Vancouver is positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada. From Roberts Bank and the Fraser River up to Burrard Inlet, Port Metro Vancouver jurisdiction borders 16 municipalities and intersects the asserted and established traditional territories and treaty lands of several Coast Salish First Nations. We are responsible for managing over 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,000 hectares of land and assets along approximately 350 kilometres of shoreline.
Port Metro Vancouver is the third largest tonnage port in North America, offering 28 major marine cargo terminals, three Class 1 railroads, and a full range of facilities and services to the international shipping community.
Port Metro Vancouver's deep-sea terminals provide Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities with virtually no draft restrictions. The port's freshwater facilities offer integrated services for the automobile and coastal forest industries, and for short-sea shipping. Port Metro Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry.
As the most diversified port in North America, Port Metro Vancouver operates across five business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk, container and cruise. The port facilitates trade with more than 160 world economies, and handled 140 million tonnes of cargo in 2014, up three per cent from 2013.Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway, handling 19 per cent of the value of Canada’s total trade in goods.
Facts and Statistics
Detailed information about our facilities
2014 Sustainability Report
Port Metro Vancouver works to move goods and people efficiently and reliably while integrating economic, social and environmental initiatives into all areas of port operations. Port Metro Vancouver's environmental programs include management of all port operations and mitigation of environmental impacts related to development and expansion proposals. Read our 2014 Sustainability Report.
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