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 $140 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
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 280 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
$30 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
"The ACPA has grown to be one of the top
voices on marine issues in the country and has proven that we are
stronger with one cohesive voice."
- Al Soppitt, President
and CEO, Saint John Port Authority
"There are so many issues ports must face
and we cannot sit back and watch the world go by. We must seize
opportunities whenever we can and take a proactive approach on all
issues affecting the port community."
- Ross Gaudreault, President
and CEO, Quebec Port Authority