Canada’s Marine Ports Key for Trade Growth
Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced changes that will allow all Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) to enter into long-term lease agreements and use the lands they manage to generate increased revenues to support future port plans at the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.
Building on this year’s conference theme of ‘Anchors Away’, Minister Raitt highlighted the opportunities and challenges in global shipping for Canada’s ports, while promoting the importance of women – their contributions and potential for shaping the future of the transportation industry.
Minister Raitt further noted recent government efforts supporting port development, sustainability and efficiency, one of which is the infrastructure investments under Canada’s Gateways or Canada’s USD 48.6 billion New Building Canada Plan.
Further efforts mentioned are amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations to bring greater clarity and consistency for marine operators, the introduction of Canada’s World-Class Tanker Safety System to ensure the transport of goods in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, or the independent review of the Canada Transportation Act, currently underway, which will look at how to improve port governance and service delivery models as well as how to support a sustainable northern transportation system.