Map indicating Port Authorities across Canada
Belledune Port Authority
The Port of Belledune is an
artificial, year-round, deep-sea harbour strategically located near
the mouth of the St. Lawrence River on the south shore of the Bay
of Chaleur, about 40 km north of Bathurst, New Brunswick. The Port
of Belledune boasts three terminals that serve a vast industrial
park linked to Canada's road and rail networks, and as such, offers
virtually unlimited potential for growth.
• Serves regional mining and metal industries, handling 1.87 million tonnes in 2012.
Port of Belledune website
Halifax Port Authority
The Port of Halifax is an ice-free
port with minimal tides and no currents that is one day closer to
southeast Asia (via the Suez Canal) than any other North American
east coast container port. A deep-water port (45-50 feet) that is
the only port on the east coast that can handle fully laden post-Panamax
container vessels with high labour productivity, an average of 25
lifts per hour.
• East Coast’s multipurpose international container port, handled approximately 9.5 million metric tonnes of total cargo in 2012.
• Ships steel, rubber, forest products, automobiles, containers and liquid bulk.
• Major cruise destination hosting 134 ships and 252,847 passengers in 2012.
Port of Halifax website
Hamilton Port Authority
The Port of Hamilton is located at
the west end of Lake Ontario. Major cargoes include dry bulk, liquid
bulk and general cargo with total annual tonnage averaging 10 million
metric tonnes, of which just over 1 million tonnes is overseas
cargo (2010 stats.) and is visited by more than 600 vessel calls annually. The Port Authority
offers 8,900 metres of docking facilities with drafts to Seaway
requirements, 160,186 square metres of warehousing, and ten (10)
shipping piers for cargo storage.
• Located in Canada’s industrial heartland.
• Handled more than 12 million tonnes of liquid, dry and break bulk cargoes in 2012.
Port of Hamilton website
Montreal Port Authority
Linked to more than 100 countries around the world
by many reputable shipping lines, the Port of Montreal
is located on one of the largest navigable waterways in the world
– the majestic St. Lawrence River – and offers the shortest
route between major European and Mediterranean ports and North American
markets. Situated 1,600 kilometres inland from the Atlantic, it
is the international port closest to North America’s industrial
heartland, representing a hinterland of some 100 million Canadian
and American consumers.
• Handled over 28 million tonnes of liquid and dry bulk and containers (1.4 million TEU) in 2012.
• Major cruise destination, MPA hosted 51 cruise ships and 55,000 passengers in 2012.
Port of Montreal website
Nanaimo Port Authority
The Port of Nanaimo is the largest
port on Vancouver Island and administers approximately 50 km of
waterfront within harbour boundaries. In the cargo area, Port facilities
include the 40.5 hectare Assembly Wharf of storage areas, warehouses,
a mill, a dry dock and four berths. The 26 hectare Duke Point site
has a deep-sea berth, a large all-purpose loading ramp, a container
crane and licenced one-acre sites. BC Ferries carries almost 5.5
million passengers and over 2.1 million vehicles in and out of the
harbour annually. Two seaplane companies carry approximately 158,000
passengers annually using the floats at the Port's Seaplane Terminal. In 2012, it handled over 3 million metric tonnes of Cargo.
• Transportation gateway for Vancouver Island, NPA handled over 3 million tonnes
of petroleum, forest products, chemicals and salt in 2012.
Nanaimo Port Authority website
Oshawa Port Authority
Located on Lake Ontario, 51.48 kilometres from Metro
Toronto, the Port of Oshawa offers smooth and efficient
access to markets in south central Ontario, the north eastern United
States and the entire world. The Port of Oshawa’s facilities
consist of two berths, capable of accommodating vessels to a maximum
of 222.5 metres in length and drawing 7.9 metres, full seaway depth,
on the east and west sides.
• Canada’s newest CPA serving the eastern GTA.
• Handled 473,000 tonnes of general cargo in 2012.
Oshawa Port Authority website
Port Alberni Port Authority
Port Alberni is situated on the West
Coast of Vancouver Island at the head of Alberni inlet, 58 kilometres
from the Pacific Ocean -- a fine, all-year-round, ice-free port
where vessels can be accommodated at all stages of tide. The port
offers three deep-sea berths which can accommodate up to "Panamax"
size vessels and are owned and operated by the Port Alberni Port
Authority. The Port has diversified revenue streams, most notably,
deep-sea shipping, property leases and marina management.
• With direct access to the Pacific, PAPA is a diversified international port, handling over 1.5 million tonnes of forest products in 2012.
Port Alberni Port Authority website
Prince Rupert Port Authority
The Port of Prince Rupert is strategically
located on British Columbia’s north coast and has excellent
road and rail transportation systems to western and eastern Canada,
and proximity to major world markets. The port, which offers a large,
ice-free harbour sheltered by outer islands, is capable of accommodating
vessels of up to 250,000 DWT. It has several deep-sea berths and
is in the process of developing container-handling capability to
take advantage of the growing trade from China and the excellent
access it has to the mid-west US market.
• Closest North American port to Asia, PRPA handled over 22 million tonnes of grain, coal, chemicals, forest products and containers in 2012.
• In 2012, Canada’s newest container terminal in PRPA surpassed its design capacity of 500,000 TEU.
Prince Rupert Port Authority website
Quebec Port Authority
Due to the quality of its harbour, its port services, its rail connections to all terminals and its
15 meters of water at low tide, The Port of Québec is THE gateway to the Great Lakes!
Open year-round and located about 1400 kilometers towards the heartland of North
American continent, the Port of Québec is located at less than 300 kilometers from the first
lock leading to the Great Lakes. So, the port efficiently links the industrial and agricultural
heartland of North America to the rest of the world. In fact, it is one of the shortest water
route between Europe and the Great Lakes market. Through its infrastructures and its
harbour services, the maritime community connects the region to about 60 countries that
export and import merchandise whose origin or destination is in the Great Lakes basin. In
2012, the tonnage handled in the port has reached more than 32.5 million tonnes. Since the
turn of the century, the Port of Québec has increased its main activities by approximately
• Handled 29 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk and general cargo in 2011.
• As part of one of the oldest cities in Canada, QPA hosted over 83,000 cruise passengers in 2011.
Port du Québec website
Saguenay Port Authority
Port of Saguenay installations consist
of Grande-Anse Marine Terminal and Powell Wharf, both multi-modal
terminals. These terminals are located 54 nautical miles from the
junction of the Saguenay River and the St. Lawrence. In 2012, it handled more then 295 000 tonnes.
• Key regional port in the Saguenay-Lac- St-Jean area, handling 347,000 tonnes of general cargo, liquid and dry bulk in 2011.
Saguenay Port Authority website
Saint John Port Authority
The Port of Saint John, New Brunswick,
provides a year-round, deep water, ice free port, handling in excess
of 25 million tonnes of cargo annually, consisting of petroleum
products, potash, forest products, containers, bulk salt, metals,
sugar, project cargo and miscellaneous bulk products. Saint John
is a major port of call for cruise ships in the Canada-New England
• East Coast’s major bulk facility handled 28 million tonnes of liquid bulk (petroleum
products), dry bulk and containers (50,672 TEU ) in 2012.
• Significant cruise destination hosting 75 ships and 188,000 passengers in 2012.
Saint John Port Authority website
Sept-Iles Port Authority
Located on the north shore of the lower St. Lawrence
River about 530 kilometres downstream from Quebec City, the Port
of Sept-Iles comprises a large and deep-water bay of some
10 kilometres in diameter with a well-protected entrance due to
a small group of islands. Approximately 600 ships came into
the port in 2012 and 28 million metric tonnes, consisting of iron ore, oil, cement, scrap metal,
coal, ilmenite, dolomite, alumina, aluminum, coke and general cargo.
• Canada’s primary iron ore port handling 28 million tonnes of iron ore, alumnium and alumnia in 2012.
Sept-Iles Port Authority website
St. John's Port Authority
A recent Economic Impact Study of the Port
of St. John’s activity demonstrated that over a five-year
period (1995-2000) economic activity increased by 68 per cent and
vessel arrivals have increased by 100 per cent. The Economic Impact
Study concluded that, in 2000, the Port generated more than $220-million
to the provincial economy, with the direct economic impact on the
St. John’s metropolitan area alone being at $137-million.
Direct and indirect employment amount to 2,600, with more predicted
in the near future.
• Serves Newfoundland and Labrador as well as offshore oil and gas industries.
• Handled 1.4 million tonnes of domestic containers, liquid and dry bulk in 2012.
St. John's Port Authority website
Thunder Bay Port Authority
The Port of Thunder Bay is an international
seaport, 3,200 kilometres inland from the Atlantic Ocean and at
the head of the Great Lakes/Seaway System. The port stretches along
more than 45 kilometres of shoreline. Thunder Bay is a major Canadian
port, handling upwards of 9 million tonnes of cargo in a typical
• Canada’s primary grain port.
• Handled 7.8 million tonnes in 2012.
Thunder Bay Port Authority website
Toronto Port Authority
Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is situated
on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario, 41.8 kilometres from
Port Weller at the entrance to the Welland Canal leading
to Lake Erie. An average of 400 ships arrive at the Port
of Toronto each year. A new fast-ferry service has been
established between Toronto and Rochester with a new cruise terminal
on port lands.
• Serving Canada’s largest city.
• Handled 1.8 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk in 2012.
Toronto Port Authority website
Trois-Rivieres Port Authority
Open to navigation 12 months a year, the Port
of Trois-Rivières also offers to most of the berths
a water depth of 10.6 M. The main facilities include: grain elevators,
4 transit sheds for general cargo, open storage areas, tanks for
different liquid bulk products and also an excellent railway system.
• Strategically located between Montréal and Québec.
• Handled 3.3 million tonnes of dry bulk and grain in 2012.
Trois-Rivieres Port Authority website
Port Metro Vancouver
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest and most diversified Port and the largest export port in North America. Each year, it trades $172 billion in goods – or one-fifth of Canada’s trade – with more than 160 trading economies. In 2012, that amounted to 124 million metric tonnes of cargo in four business sectors: automobiles, breakbulk, bulk and container. The Port’s fifth business sector, cruise, attracted more than 820,000 passengers to Vancouver in 2013 for its Alaskan cruise season.
Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction covers more than 600 kilometres of shoreline bordering 16 municipalities, one treaty First Nation, and several First Nations. The Port manages more than 16,000 hectares of water, and nearly 1,000 hectares of land and assets.
With a full range of facilities and services for the international shipping community, including access by three Class 1 railroads, Port Metro Vancouver offers 28 major marine cargo terminals with virtually no draft restrictions, Super Post-Panamax capacity and extensive on-dock rail facilities.
Through its extensive community engagement program, Port Metro Vancouver works hard to preserve the quality of life in the Metro Vancouver region, and to leverage the Port’s ability to drive growth and prosperity, now and in the future.
• Canada’s largest port, PMV handled 124 million tonnes of bulk and container cargoes in 2012, including 2.7 million TEU.
• Major cruise homeport: PMV hosted 191 ships and 666,240 passengers in 2012.
Port Metro Vancouver website
Windsor Port Authority
The Port of Windsor is a deep-water
port about 22.5 kilometres in length, located on the south shore
of the Detroit River, extending from the upper end of Fighting Island
to about 8 kilometres east of Peche Island. Utilized on a 12-month
basis and equipped to handle all types of cargo from packaged freight
to bulk cargoes, including salt, fluorspar, grain, crushed stone,
sand, calcium, steel, vehicles, liquid cargo of petroleum products,
containers, truck and railroad roll-on/roll-off, fuel bunkering
service for ships up to 304.8 metres.
• Major regional port in Southwestern Ontario.
• Handled 5.5 million tonnes of dry and liquid bulk in 2012.
Windsor Port Authority website