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ABOUT ACPA — Organization

Who we are

National voice of the port community

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities was founded in 1958 and groups together ports and harbours and related marine interests into one national association. Canada Port Authorities handle more than $162 billion worth of cargo annually. The ACPA is the pre-eminent Association for the advocacy and advancement of the Canadian Port Industry. ACPA members contribute greatly to the local, regional and national economy of Canada.

The Association's objective is to encourage and stimulate the development of the Canadian port industry and to advance the vested interests of its members. The mission is accomplished through the development of programs that enhance and promote the business climate within the port industry.

Ports as Economic Engines

Ports are commercially viable, self-sufficient business enterprises acting as 'gateways to trade' for the communities and regions they serve. Every year the goods loaded and off-loaded at Canadian Port Authorities across Canada exceed 310 million tonnes by volume; approximately another 200 million tonnes is handled at private ports and at smaller regional ports across Canada.

  • Canada Port Authorities handle approximately $162 billion worth of goods annually, a quarter of all Canadian trade.
  • The economic impact of this business activity exceeds $25 billion dollars annually.
  • The direct and indirect Jobs created by Canadian Port Authorities exceed 250,000.

The ultimate goal of the Association is to effectively represent the interests of the Canadian port community in building solid bridges to key government officials — at all three levels — allied associations, and valued business partners to ensure that issues do not become problems; and problems find quick solutions.

How the Association and Canadian Port Authorities tackle the critical issues and problems today determines how the port community does business tomorrow.

"Canadian port Authorities are commercially viable enterprises that must continually strive to compete in a very competitive international marketplace. The Assocation ensures that ports stay abreast of current policies and programs related to trade and commerce in Canada."
- Don Krusel, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority

 

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