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PORTS: An Integral Part 
of Canada's Economy

Canada’s seaports are key to moving goods and people via complex logistical supply chains extending to seaports in more than 160 countries throughout the world. Every year Canada’s Port Authorities contribute much to Canada’s economy:

  • 309.7 million tonnes of cargo handled
  • 2.2% increase from 2011 to 2012
  • 8.2% increase from 2010-2012
  • $438.1 million in aggregate revenue in the 2011 fiscal year
  • $118.6 million in 2011 operating income
  • $162 billion worth of goods
  • 250,000 direct and indirect jobs
  • $10.2 billion in salaries
  • $25 billion added to Canada’s GDP
  • $2.2 billion paid in federal and provincial income taxes
  • $2 billion paid in consumption tax
  • Port authorities represent 60% of Canadian maritime exports (2011)
  • Most ports have seen an increase in total tonnage from 2011 to 2012

» Canada's Strategic Gateways Poised for Growth



2014 Canadian Ports Magazine

»The 2014 edition of Ports Magazine is now available
Featuring articles on the challenges of shifting trade patterns, impacts of extreme weather, and port cities as economic drivers..

The 2015 Canadian Ports Magazine Media Kit will be released end of January / early February.

» Click Here to consult Past Issues


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What's New

February 27th, 2015.
On frozen Lake St. Clair, The Windsor Star (Ontario) This story follows life on the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker the Griffon and its efforts to help the shipping industry in the winter months.

February 23rd, 2015.
Port of Halifax anticipating 146 cruise vessel calls during 2015 cruise season.

February 20th, 2015.
Minister Fast Announces New Partnership with Association of Canadian Port Authorities. A Canadian trade commissioner will be working shoulder to shoulder with the 18 members of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.

February 19th, 2015.
Houston, Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Green Marine received the Lloyd's List North American Maritime Award last night for Environmental Excellence.

February 12, 2015.
Arrival of M/V Happy Star with the two largest shiploaders in North America. The port of Sept-Iles is very pleased to announce the arrival of the M/V Happy Star with the two gigantic shiploaders destined for the port's multi-user dock. English / French

February 3rd, 2015.
Halifax Port Authority releases Economic Impact Report findings

January 26th, 2015.
The Port of Hamilton has released its tonnage results for the 2014 shipping season. Total cargo volumes were 10,526,732 metric tonnes (MT) in 2014, representing a 5% increase over 2013. Read More (pdf)

January 21th, 2015.
The Port of Sept-Iles was pleased today to deliver the results for the year that just ended - an unforgettable year that marked the local port authority's 15th anniversary.

January 22th, 2015.
GREEN MARINE SHORTLISTED FOR LLOYD'S LIST AWARDS 2015 Quebec City, Canada, January 22, 2015 - Green Marine has been named as a finalist for the Lloyd's List North American Maritime Awards 2015 to be presented February 18th in Houston.

January 19th, 2015.
Canada NewsWire. The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today announced that it is rebranding itself PortsToronto, effective immediately.

January 15th, 2015.
Exciting developments at the Port of Saint John with a West Side Terminal Modernization Project. Watch the video

January 12th, 2015.
Port of Prince Rupert terminals see record volumes despite decline in overall port tonnage-volumes reached record heights in 2014 at more than half of the Port of Prince Rupert's cargo terminals, according to year-end statistics released this week by the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

January 6th, 2015.
THE PORT OF SEPT-ÎLES HANDS OUT ITS 28th CANE TO THE FIRST SHIP OF THE YEAR. The M/V Cape Nelson, a Chinese registered vessel, sailing from Imbutiba Brezil, was the first ship to arrive in Sept-Îles this year.

January 5th, 2015.
Canada NewsWire. Port of Montreal celebrates 176th Gold-Headed Cane presentation ceremony. Montréal Port Authority (MPA) President and CEO Sylvie Vachon officially inaugurated the start of a new year of activity at the Port of Montréal today by presenting the Gold-Headed Cane to Captain Anuj Kararia, of India, master of the Valencia Express, the first ocean-going vessel to enter the Port of Montréal without a stopover in 2015.

January 3rd, 2015.
First vessel of the year at the Port of Trois-Rivières, Making her first visit to Trois-Rivières, the vessel M/V Goldeneye, operated and chartered by Canfornav and sailing under Cyprus flag, is the first foreign ship to arrive. English / French

January 3rd, 2015.
With traffic reaching 3.7 million tons, the Port of Trois-Rivières enjoyed a record year in 2014 English / French

Green Marine annual conference on green technologies and innovation for marine transportation
Green Marine organizing their eighth annual conference on green technologies and innovation for marine transportation, to be held in Seattle, WA, May 27-29, 2015. Call for papers are being welcomed.
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Professor William Tetley Award
The Canadian Maritime Law Association has established the Professor William Tetley Literary Prize Award. Click here for the details.

ACPA proposal for the forthcoming Federal 2015 Budget
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