Who we are
National voice of the port community
The Association of Canadian Port Authorities was founded in 1958 and groups together ports and related marine interests into one national association. ACPA represents all Canadian Port Authorities, various government entities and companies doing business in the marine sector. It is the leading Association for the advocacy and advancement of the Canadian Port Industry. ACPA members contribute significantly to the local, regional and national economy of Canada, responsible for more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs and handling more that $200 billion worth of goods annually.
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 343 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 $200
billion worth of goods annually, a quarter of all Canadian trade.
- The economic impact of this business activity exceeds
$25 billion dollars annually.
- The direct and indirect Jobs created by Canadian
Port Authorities exceed 200,000.
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, former President
and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority