ACPA congratulates the new Minister of Transportation, Omar Alghabra

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ACPA congratulates the new Minister of Transportation, Omar Alghabra

January 23, 2021

Re: Congratulations from Canada’s Port Authorities; working together on shared priorities

Dear Minister Alghabra,

On behalf of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Canada’s Minister of Transport.  We look forward to working with you and your colleagues to advance our many shared priorities, including ensuring Canada’s ports remain competitive, efficient and sustainable; strengthening our trade corridors to facilitate increased Canadian exports; and maintaining world-class safety and security at our ports.

Canada’s 17 Port Authorities (CPAs) are already amongst the most efficient and cleanest in the world, and continuously strive to do more.  They contribute significantly to their local, regional and national economies: CPAs are responsible for more than 200,000 direct and indirect jobs and handle more than $200 billion worth of goods annually.  And we can do so much more: an OECD study has shown that for every additional million tonnes of cargo moved at a port, 300 jobs are created in the port’s hinterland. Thus, Canada’s ports can play a critical role in helping Canada’s economy recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Further, while CPAs have been quick to introduce and adopt new digital technologies and safety protocols to optimize operations and identify critical supplies during COVID-19, our members are now setting their sights on decarbonization and digitalization of port operations and global supply chains.  Given these short- and long-term drivers, the need to work together to maintain a sustainable competitive edge has never been more urgent.

Leveraging the resilience of ports to rebuild the Canadian economy

In the coming year, as we begin to implement post-pandemic recovery measures, ports can help showcase our country as a leader in green, inclusive, digital, and resilient port supply chains.  We are eager to see the timely completion of the Ports Modernization Review, which will promote investment in Canadian ports and inform the path ahead for our members as they forge ahead with a green vision to help build back better.  With numerous infrastructure projects ready to go, CPAs would also like to see the National Trade Corridors Fund adequately urgently replenished to help stimulate our economic recovery.

Working together to drive green recovery and growth

Minister, other countries are looking at ports and supply chains as keys to inclusive recovery and competitive advantage. Canada should not only follow but lead this effort.  Once you settle into your new role, I would welcome the opportunity to brief you and senior staff in more detail on how Canada’s ports can help leverage investments and drive green growth.

I will be in touch with your office in the weeks ahead to further discuss ways we can work together to achieve the win-win outcomes that will benefit our country now and in the future.

Once again, congratulations on your appointment. We wish you every success in this important assignment.

Sincerely,

Wendy Zatylny
President
Association of Canadian Port Authorities