There are many issues on the
Association’s agenda being addressed by the Board of Directors,
Board Committees and Technical Committees. The key issues at the
top of that agenda include issues related to the overall competitiveness
of Canada’s national port system.
All issues, in one way or another, impact the overall
competitiveness of Canada’s ports, both large and small. Canada’s
major ports compete directly for cargo with ports in the United
States and this is true in the Atlantic, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence
and the Pacific regions of the country. With international trade
expected to double – or triple – by 2020 there are many
things that must be done to ensure Canada’s ports remain ‘ports
of call’ for shippers around the world.
Canada’s major ports continue to make large
capital investments in infrastructure to meet the growing needs
of port users as trade continues to grow. This is an essential service
as ports are in the middle of an important transportation logistical
chain and must work diligently to ensure the secure flow of goods
and people. Ocean going vessels are larger and have more - and varying
- infrastructure requirements. These vessels can only be effectively
serviced with the proper infrastructure all along the trade corridor
from the dock, to the landside links, to its final destination,
that is, the receiver and ultimately the consumer.
Canada’s ports are now among the most secure
in the world. Marine-facility operators in Canada comply 100 percent
with the International Maritime Organization’s strict security
code, the International Ship and Port-facility Security Code (ISPS).
This Code was further enhanced with Transport Canada’s new
Marine Transport Security Act (MTSA) that imposed even higher standards
of security for Canada’s maritime industry. Canada’s
ports also work closely with Transport Canada, the Customs and Border
Services Agency (CBSA) - and other governmental agencies - to ensure
that all aspects of international trade is safe and secure.
Canada’s major ports take seriously their responsibility
for environmental stewardship. All stakeholders have an interest
in the sustainable management of business on port lands. The Association
and its members continue to work with all levels of government -
and the public at large - to ensure full compliance with the many
regulations related to the environment.
Legislation and Regulation
Given that Canada Port Authorities operate under federal
legislation, the Canada Marine Act (CMA), there is an ongoing vigilance
to ensure all aspects of that relationship is maintained and strengthened.
A recent Canada Marine Act Review made strong recommendations for
changes to the Act to enhance the overall competitiveness of Canada’s
port system. Canada’s major ports must comply with many other
federal and provincial regulations in the conduct of its business.
While competing aggressively with fierce U.S. port competition,
Canada’s major ports also have a ‘public good’
mandate under the Canada Marine Act. Canada Port Authorities must
work hard to achieve certain national and regional objectives related
the economic and social development for the good of Canadians.
Innovation and Technology
Canada’s ports have adopted a number of
technology initiatives that have proven to be most effective in
facilitating the movement of goods and people. As demand for services
continues to grow there are a number of technical applications that
have been employed to serve port users, while planning for longer-term
infrastructure capacity enhancements.