Terminals and facilities

As a Canada Port Authority,?we are mandated to?enable Canada’s trade?through?the Port of Vancouver.?We lease out port lands and waters to companies that operate marine terminals and ship cargo through the port. We?also?work?with?port?tenants and?terminal operators?to help them prepare for?trade growth through the port.


Did you know? One container through the Port of Vancovuer represents:

  • Over $500 in wages
  • Almost $1,000 in GDP
  • Almost $2,000 in economic output

We work with terminal operators to find opportunities to:??

  • increase the capacity and efficiency of existing container terminals?
  • convert existing under-utilized terminals to handle containers?
  • build a new terminal?

In some cases, we take on a more proactive role in leading terminal projects, such as our?involvement?in helping to grow capacity for shipping container terminals?at the Port of Vancouver.?Globally, the use of containers to transport goods has been growing for decades. As a result of this growth, Canada’s West Coast ports are forecast to run out of terminal capacity for moving and storing shipping containers by the mid-2020s.?As a port authority, we?get involved in container capacity projects because, unlike other terminals, which each are owned and operated by single companies, container terminals are considered “common use”,?which means?the containers themselves are used by many different companies.?By?leading?container terminal expansion and development?projects,?we are readying both the port and the port community to meet the growing demand for containerized cargo.?


Project name

Type of improvement


Roberts Bank Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility Project? Construction of a new examination facility?? Truck staging and container examination facility completion?in 2020?
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project? Proposed new container terminal? Under environmental assessment with the federal government?
South Shore Trade Area Centerm Expansion Project Improvements to existing container terminal? Anticipated completion by 2022?
North Shore Trade Area? n/a