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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



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2014 Canadian Ports Magazine

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

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What's New

December 9th, 2014
"Remarkable" year of grain and steel boosts Seaway season According to the St. Lawrence Seaway, total cargo shipments reached 34.6 million metric tons for the period from March 25 to November 30 - up 5 percent over the same period last year. More in English or French

December 4th, 2014
Reuters, Canada produced more wheat and canola than expected this year.

December 4th, 2014
Port Reaches Tonnage Milestone, Thunder Bay Port Authority (Ontario) With a month left to go in the shipping season, overall volumes are expected to approach the 9.0 million MT mark - a level not seen in over a decade.

December 3rd, 2014
End of the 2014 cruise season - An excellent 2014 season and a very promising 2015. Montreal's 2014 cruise season ended on a positive note. The season opened on May 17 and ended this past November 11, making it the longest cruise season to date for Montreal.
Read more in Canada NewsWire & Cruise and Ferry

December 3rd, 2014
Great Lakes Echo. Great Lakes ice breaking all the rules. Ice is forming on the Great Lakes faster this year than any other: Lake Superior had areas freezing on November 15, the earliest in over 40 years.

November 24th, 2014
Canada NewsWire. An active presence on social media the Port of Montreal, at the heart of the virtual community.

November 24th, 2014
Halifax Port Authority releases final cruise numbers for 2014.

November 20th, 2014
St. Lawrence Seaway Releases Closing of the 2014 Navigation Season Notice.
This article provides closing dates for the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as the Welland Canal and the Soo Locks.

November 18th, 2014
ACPA President, Wendy Zatylny speaks before the House of Commons Finance Committee on the changes to the Canada Marine Act as proposed in Bill C-43 and calls for infrastructure dollars for ports.

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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