Ports were once just outward-looking shipping hubs, but today they are active community partners. In Canada, our port authorities engage with the community, promote a healthy environment, and support projects that contribute to enriching people’s lives. CPAs are good neighbours.
The number of Canada Port Authorities with community programming
A strong community offers a blend of economic and educational opportunities, a wide range of sports and cultural activities and plenty of green space. Canada Port Authorities across the country contribute to all of these and more.
Through donations of cash and goods, sponsorships and volunteer hours of staff members, CPAs are community leaders, supporting local food banks, charities, and a variety of activities that enrich people’s lives, from sports and recreational programs to festivals, theatres, arts, and concerts.
CPAs have also created educational opportunities by providing scholarships and financial assistance to help produce the next generation of maritime leaders. In some communities, port authorities provide lesson plans and learning tools to elementary schools, while others have created interactive interpretive centres, allowing children and adults alike to explore the world of ports and marine shipping.
A rich community life also must include green spaces and a healthy environment. Over the years, ports have brightened docklands and reimagined their surroundings with boardwalks, parks, outdoor museums, and shorefront paths.
The number of community-oriented programs offered by Canada’s 17 CPAs
Every CPA has an active strategy to connect with businesses, civic groups and individuals to promote understanding and support for the port’s function as a transportation hub and its role as a community partner.
This engagement ranges from formal liaison committees that bring together various stakeholders, to programs that keep communities informed about local port projects. CPAs also consult citizens on issues directly impacting their communities, such as land development projects.
Our CPAs are committed to engaging constructively and collaborating with First Nations communities on everything from economic development partnerships to cultural support.
Average in yearly donations to local organizations and community investments by CPAs
Canada Port Authorities are responsible and caring neighbours. They dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of hours of expertise to introduce new processes, technologies and materials that reduce their carbon footprint and ensure the sustainability of their surrounding air, land and water.
Operating within a legal and regulatory framework, port authorities factor sustainability and human impacts into planning. Today, ports generally have 360-degree environmental strategies that include community engagement, resulting in a balanced and responsible approach to operations and development. Some CPAs take extra steps to engage their communities, working with students or funding environmental excellence awards and projects.
As a result, Canadians live beside cleaner, safer and quieter ports.