Prince Rupert Port Authority Finalizes Land Use Plan Update


EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 21, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that it has finalized the update to its Land Use Plan.

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a strategic document that helps guide PRPA’s vision to continue its sustainable growth within the lands and waters under its formal jurisdiction, and facilitate Canada’s trade with the world through the next 20 years.

The new Land Use Plan continues a commitment to emulate local Official Community Plans, and contains many new adaptations, features and commitments in response to feedback from local First Nations, government and residents. Several new land use designations were created to recognize a local desire to improve waterfront recreation, viewscape buffers, and habitat enhancement. PRPA also acted on its prior commitment to formalize an industrial moratorium in the Flora Bank marine area. 

PRPA’s Land Use Plan is a regulatory requirement under the Canada Marine Act, and was last updated in 2011. The update captures a dynamic decade of new investments, new terminals and new infrastructure that have developed at the Port of Prince Rupert, and reflects PRPA’s current vision of the growth potential for Canadian trade, and the progressive and innovative planning that will be required to achieve them. 

“The updated Land Use Plan will help guide the Prince Rupert Port Authority, ensuring we consider the long-term impact of our decisions to best support continued growth and diversification at our Port. The Plan reflects the feedback we have received from local First Nations, local governments, and residents, balancing environmental and community values while we work towards creating even greater economic and employment opportunities,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the process, which ultimately helped us make a strong Plan that will help us navigate our common future.”

The next 20 years will bring exciting opportunities and challenges to PRPA and the Port of Prince Rupert. Mutually beneficial partnerships with local First Nations, municipalities, and the communities they represent will ensure the port continues to grow as an engine for jobs and business opportunity, while continuing to reflect environmental and social values through safe, sustainable, and responsible land development.

The Land Use Plan contains provisions for revisions and updates, and will be formally reviewed again in 2025.

The Plan can be accessed at: https://www.rupertport.com/land-use-plan/

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY:

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com  

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 13, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is partnering with SkeenaWild Conservation Trust by investing $50,000 from its Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program into research that will play an important role in the future recovery of wild salmon stocks in British Columbia. 

The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will examine data going back as far as 1913, to establish a baseline for sockeye populations in the region. Using DNA testing, researchers are reconstructing historical abundances and diversity of individual populations by analyzing thousands of scale samples collected from commercial fisheries at the mouth of the Skeena in the 1930s and 1940s, when official counts of spawning salmon first began. They will then examine whether climate change over the last century has differentially impacted freshwater nursery lakes for sockeye in the Skeena Watershed. 

Beyond creating historic baselines for sockeye populations, findings from this project will give researchers the ability to more accurately determine lake productivity, data that can be used for future assessment of various changes to fish population and health. The information gathered will also help identify which lakes are most vulnerable to climate change and should take priority in sockeye conservation planning.  

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority recognizes that a healthy salmon population is vital to the entire Northwest region,” said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We take our commitment to our communities and the environment seriously, and we are pleased to partner with organizations like SkeenaWild and the Pacific Salmon Foundation who share our sustainability values, and will pursue informed approaches and innovative solutions related to the health of Skeena River salmon”.  

“The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will provide the type of scientific insight we need to better protect and enhance wild salmon ecosystems in our region. Collaborating with the Prince Rupert Port Authority to enable this research aids our common goals of informing management decisions for the Skeena River estuary and rebuilding wild salmon populations,” said Greg Knox, Executive Director, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust. 

“The Skeena Sockeye Century Project will be a significant contributor to scientific databases and recovery of sockeye in British Columbia. The findings will help us better understand genetic baselines for salmon, as well as aid in distinguishing smaller spawning populations and how they have been impacted over time,” said Dianne Ramage, Director of Salmon Recovery Programs, Pacific Salmon Foundation. 

With a total project cost of $160,000, the Skeena Sockeye Century Project is receiving additional support from Skeena upriver nations and organizations, the Government of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, MakeWay, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Simon Fraser University. 

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ABOUT THE SKEENA RIVER SALMON ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM: 

The Skeena River Salmon Enhancement Program was established by the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2019 with a $1 million endowment from its Community Investment Fund. The goal of the program is to team up with regional partners such as First Nations, non-governmental organizations, and community groups on projects that enhance the salmon population and protect their habitat in the Skeena River and its watershed. The program also provides the opportunity to partner with other agencies and organizations leading similar initiatives to leverage additional financial resources toward this important priority. In addition to monetary support, PRPA is also seeking ways to share capacity and data from its existing environmental stewardship programs to enhance new and existing salmon-related initiatives.  

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: 
Monika Cote 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Prince Rupert Port Authority 
250-627-2550 
mcote@rupertport.com   

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 27, 2020
PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Racquet Centre has a bright new look thanks to an investment from the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA).

Through PRPA’s Community Investment Fund, the Prince Rupert Racquets Association, which operates the facility, received $21,749 for interior renovations. The upgrades include the installation of new safety-glass walls and doors at the rear of both squash courts. These new floor-to-ceiling windows replace the original solid walls, creating an unobstructed view of the action on the courts from the lower level. The total cost of the project was $43,498.

Established in 1980, the Prince Rupert Racquets Association helps people of all ages and abilities get involved in racquet sports. In addition to maintaining the Racquet Centre, the group offers lessons and other programs, as well as hosts an annual tournament which draws competitors from around the province. Prince Rupert Racquet Centre is the sole indoor squash facility in the city and the only one in the region with international-sized courts available year-round.

“The new glass transforms the space, giving it an open feeling that creates a whole new appeal,” said Richard Haley, Prince Rupert Racquets Association Director. “We regularly rent our facility for special events and now with these enhancements we can expose every visitor who sets foot in the Racquet Centre to the game of squash, hopefully encouraging more people to try it.”

“Our city’s indoor recreation facilities are vitally important and we are pleased to be able to help the Prince Rupert Racquets Association improve the look and overall function of their space to make it more appealing to new and existing users alike,” said Shaun Stevenson, Prince Rupert Port Authority President. “We also commend the volunteers here on their efforts to promote and support another opportunity for participation in our community—we hope that everybody takes the opportunity to check it out and try it out.”

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:
The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, more than $12.5 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make 80 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE AUGUST 13, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced its investment of $142,000 towards extensive upgrades to the Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course.

With two separate contributions from PRPA’s Community Investment Fund, the Prince Rupert Golf Club, which maintains and operates the 18-hole public course, has completed a pair of multi-faceted projects totaling $255,000. These improvements ensure the facilities and equipment are safer and more resilient to the elements, so they can be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.

Over the past three years, numerous upgrades have been made to the course’s aging infrastructure, most of which was built more than five decades ago. New drainage has been installed in several areas and two greens that had settled over time have been reconstructed. Bridges on three holes have been replaced, along with a wooden staircase and golf cart pathway restoration – all of them well-weathered from many years of use and exposure. 

The Club has also added features to enhance the safety and longevity of the property around the links, and a new storage shed has been added to protect important maintenance equipment from the rain and extend its lifespan.

“The enhancements to the Prince Rupert Centennial Golf Course would not have been possible without the financial support from Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund,” said Iain Cullen, President of the Prince Rupert Golf Club. “Their contributions allow us to focus on enhancing our programming, while ensuring our course can be well-used for another 50 years and beyond.”

“The Prince Rupert Golf Club provides a tremendous recreational service to the citizens of Prince Rupert. There aren’t many places in Canada where you can golf nearly year-round and having this beautiful course in our backyard is a great attraction for people considering a move to our city,” said Shaun Stevenson, Prince Rupert Port Authority President. “Revitalizing the golf course helps the Prince Rupert Golf Club continue its tradition and introduce new generations of golfers to the game.”

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, more than $12.5 million dollars have been committed to the Fund, helping to make 79 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE JULY 22, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is pleased to announce that five companies are being honoured for their outstanding participation in its Green Wave environmental incentive program in 2019.

They include past recipients COSCO, Maersk, and BC Ferries, as well as two new recipients – Ocean Network Express and Pacific Basin.

PRPA’s Green Wave program rewards shippers by offering discounted harbour fees to vessel owners who voluntarily invest in sustainable practices. Commercial vessels are scored on air emission control and underwater noise reduction measures and allotted savings through a three-tier system. Last year there were 25 vessel calls that met the strict criteria to qualify for the top tier and earn the greatest savings.

PRPA is committed to mitigating environmental impacts of the Port of Prince Rupert effectively, and its annual Green Wave Awards acknowledge commercial vessel owners who actively employ measures on ships that make the Prince Rupert port industry more environmentally friendly. One of the mechanisms for inclusion in the incentive program is RightShip’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Rating. The method, developed by the world’s leader in maritime environmental assessment, rates vessels on their relative efficiency. In 2019, 20 percent of vessels that called on the Port of Prince Rupert qualified for Green Wave through the RightShip GHG Rating criteria. As a result, 5,020 tonnes of GHG emissions were avoided, which is equivalent to removing 1,085 passenger vehicles from the road for a year.

Recognizing environmental stewardship and reducing the impacts of a growing port are key to the Port of Prince Rupert’s future sustainability. By offering these financial incentives, PRPA directly encourages vessel owners to further embrace safer environmental practices and promote efficiency and sustainability around the world. 

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority congratulates the five recipients of the 2019 Green Wave Awards for their ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact their vessels have on the water, air and wildlife in and around our port,” said Ken Veldman, Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We also wish to acknowledge and support all vessel owners who participate in our Green Wave program on every level. Their commitment to a greener future is key to ensuring the success of our gateway.”

PRPA’s Green Wave program has been active since 2012, and has continually adapted its criteria to address port sustainability goals and raise the bar for vessel eligibility. For more information on PRPA’s Green Wave vessel incentive program and our other environmental initiatives, please visit https://www.rupertport.com/green-wave-program-for-shippers/.

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY:

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $310 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250.627.2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE JUNE 25, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – On this International Day of the Seafarer, the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) extends its gratitude to the world’s seafarers and acknowledges the critical role they play in global trade, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. 

In the months since COVID-19 restricted international travel, hundreds of thousands of merchant mariners have been stranded aboard vessels all over the world, unable to changeover crews or return to their homes. According to the United Nations International Maritime Organization, some sailors have been marooned at sea for 15 months, well beyond the limit set by international conventions. The constant pressure and uncertainty have put immense strain on these essential workers, who are responsible for transporting 80 percent of the world’s goods. 

This growing crisis motivated PRPA to sign the Port Authorities Roundtable Declaration on COVID-19, to show its support for the men and women who are keeping seaborne trade flowing and seek out ways to help while maintaining federal guidelines. Transport Canada has implemented regulations for seafarers onboard foreign vessels, limiting shore leave to four hours for essential purposes only (personal, family or medical emergency). Intent on providing direct help, particularly for those contributing to the success of the Prince Rupert Gateway, PRPA’s marine operations team has recently coordinated a way for seafarers to leave the confines of their ship for a well-earned rest, while complying with Transport Canada rules. 

PRPA has developed a safe method to offer breaks to crew aboard the ships at anchor in Prince Rupert Harbour, allowing them to come ashore and maintain isolation. Seafarers are given full access to a secured space outside Northland Terminal, where PRPA staff set up tents, a grill, food and other supplies for them to use. So far, more than 30 seafarers have taken part in the shore break program, and have spent several hours relaxing, eating and accessing wifi to connect with their families and loved ones before being tendered back to their vessel. For many of these mariners, it was their first time on dry land in several months.  

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority is grateful to provide some relief to the crews operating the vessels visiting our Port. While the pandemic has impacted all our lives, seafarers are facing daily demands that go far beyond the normal call of duty,” said Shaun Steveson, President and CEO of Prince Rupert Port Authority. “It is important to consider the plight of these essential workers, who are critical to our economy and global supply chain and do what we can to support them.” 

“Throughout the pandemic, seafarers have played a vital role in supporting trade for Canada but were unable to return to their homes and communities because of global restrictions on travel,” said Robert Lewis-Manning, Chamber of Shipping President. “The efforts of the Prince Rupert Port Authority to provide short opportunities for seafarers to have a break off their ships while adhering to public health regulations is important and appreciated. Seafarers urgently need governments around the world to support the free movement of seafarers so that crew changes can resume. The health of seafarers must be addressed before it becomes a crisis and it is hoped that Canada takes a leadership role in facilitating dialogue globally.” 

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY: 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $310 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2018, a record 26.7 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert. 

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: 
Monika Cote 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Prince Rupert Port Authority 
250.627.2550 
mcote@rupertport.com 

EFFECTIVE JUNE 19, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) lends its support to the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU Canada) and the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association as they temporarily halt cargo operations at B.C. ports today to commemorate Juneteenth.

This date, marking the end of slavery in the United States, is being observed by millions of people around the world. From 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., there will be a work stoppage at some terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert, as longshore workers stand in solidarity with other ILWU International members to acknowledge this solemn day. PRPA stands behind this demonstration and the global efforts to pause and acknowledge the significance of Juneteenth.

Now more than ever, it is important to take time to learn from the past, recognize that discrimination and hate has no place in our communities or workplaces, and declare that we are strongest when we work together to build a better future. As we commemorate Juneteenth, and celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, it is an opportunity for each of us to educate ourselves on the history of Indigenous, Black and other minorities in our communities, celebrate their contributions and cultures, and recognize that there is strength in diversity.

PRPA is committed to diversity, inclusion and acceptance in the workplace and beyond and does not tolerate racism or discrimination in any form.

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com  

EFFECTIVE JUNE 9, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – May cargo volumes reveal that the Port of Prince Rupert’s performance remains strong during a challenging economic situation and illustrate that a diverse port complex is critical to ensuring resiliency.

Overall, the Port of Prince Rupert’s cargo volume is up 9% with 12,615,661 tonnes of cargo handled year-to-date, led by strong dry bulk volumes both for the month and year-to-date.

Ridley Terminals is experiencing the biggest growth in volume, up 68% from May 2019 volumes and up 39% year-to-date. The addition of propane volume from the AltaGas Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, which has been operating for just over a year, has also contributed to the steady overall performance of the Port. As well, with strong demand for wood pellets, Westview Terminal is experiencing growth of 24% year-to-date.

The intermodal sector has been the most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with a decrease in the movement of cargo on the entire trans-Pacific trade route. Volume at Fairview Terminal reveals a 12% decline year-to-date, though laden volumes have only decreased 6%. Throughput at Fairview Terminal declined 37% from May 2019, a significant decrease in volumes and employment hours that reflects the impact of containment measures in North America as a result of COVID-19. The Port of Prince Rupert is an important trade gateway on the trans-Pacific and as such, is not immune from volatile market conditions. The Port of Prince Rupert is unique in that much of the cargo handled through Fairview Terminal is entirely discretionary and can move through other west coast ports; as a result, the Prince Rupert Gateway relies on its ability to move goods with speed, reliability and reach to provide shippers advantage in their supply chains.

“As the Port of Prince Rupert continues to grow and expand the cargo moving through the gateway, we have witnessed firsthand how vital a diverse port complex is,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created global economic uncertainty, and through this challenging situation, the Prince Rupert gateway has not only remained fluid, but year-to-date volumes are above last year’s. This reinforces why the Prince Rupert Port Authority and our partners are working to diversify the Port of Prince Rupert and further increase our resiliency as a gateway.”

PRPA continues to advance critical gateway infrastructure projects, including the construction on the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, and project development work for the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform to create large scale export transloading capacity in Prince Rupert. As well, the Metlakatla Development Corporation continues to advance its work on the Metlakatla Import Logistics Park on South Kaien Island, which will enable transload of import containerized cargoes and warehouse operations for import supply chains. These logistics developments are critical to ensuring resiliency as an intermodal gateway and to add value to supply chains.

Keeping these projects moving forward will help the Prince Rupert gateway stay on the leading edge throughout the economic downturn and for the future while providing a much needed economic stimulus to assist in Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

“There is nearly $1 billion in capital expansion either underway or planned to advance over the upcoming year in the growth and expansion of the Port of Prince Rupert,” said Stevenson. “This not only a represents a significant economic impact and stimulus through the construction phase but expands and diversifies Canada’s capacity to support export industries and grow international trade.”

The Port of Prince Rupert has worked diligently to ensure the continued global movement of goods happens safely and efficiently, and the ongoing delivery of essential services that are critical to North America’s response to COVID-19. Together, the 6,200 people working in the gateway industry in northern British Columbia are maintaining strong supply chains. With over $50 billion in cargo being handled at the Port of Prince Rupert each year, generating $1.5 billion in economic activity in northern British Columbia, the Port of Prince Rupert is also ensuring that critical Canadian industries like forestry, mining, agriculture and natural gas can successfully work through these unprecedented challenges. Maintaining Canada’s export base during this period will be important to the economic recovery in the months and years to come.

“The efforts of the Port of Prince Rupert’s workforce and their employers to make this happen deserve a salute,” said Stevenson. “Because of them, the gateway has been able to maintain volumes, activities and employment at close to normal levels.”

Review the Port of Prince Rupert’s May cargo volumes: https://www.rupertport.com/cargo-volumes/

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY

The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port handles approximately $50 billion in trade value per year and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern British Columbia, $481 million in annual wages, and $125.5 million in annual government revenue. In 2019, a record 29.9 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today its investment of over $20,712 towards renovations at the 333 Trinity Men’s Recovery House in Prince Rupert, BC. 

Through its Community Investment Fund, PRPA partnered with the 333 Recovery Homes Society and other community partners to invest a total of $ 42,712 into upgrading the Recovery House, enabling improved support for the intake of new clients and their personal recovery plans.  New additions include an enhanced reception office, personal lockers, new outdoor storage, and other services that improve operations and ensure exceedance of regulatory standards.  

The 333 Trinity Men’s Recovery House is a local live-in service for men who are recovering from addictions, and is currently the only one operating in Prince Rupert. The facility has nine beds available for its clients, who live together at the home while working through the program. One of the many commitments the men make daily is to give back to the community through volunteering regularly.

“This renovation was made possible through support we received from the Prince Rupert Port Authority. It allows us to speed up the intake process of men when they first arrive here at the house. Our focus is to get someone new settled and into recovery as quickly as possible. There is a lot of paperwork required, and our new office gives our staff and clients the privacy they need to complete an intake,” said Graham Edwards, Program Coordinator at the 333 Trinity Recovery House. “We are very grateful to PRPA for recognizing the value of the work we do here and supporting us.”

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority is proud to support the 333 Trinity Men’s Recovery Home and the men there who are working through the challenge of the recovery process,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Our organization is stronger through supporting the communities we live and work in throughout our region.”

To learn more about this investment and 333 Trinity Men’s Recovery House, watch our video: vimeo.com/426302939 

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND:

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, over 10.3 million dollars have been committed to the Fund – that’s over $10 million in 10 years, helping to make 77 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community.

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority
250-627-2550
mcote@rupertport.com

EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Students at Coast Tsimshian Academy (CTA) in the community of Lax Kw’alaams have received 100 new laptop computers to help them learn and stay connected with their teachers and classmates during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  

Through the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) Community Investment Fund, the Lax Kw’alaams Band and PRPA have partnered to purchase new laptops for the school. With CTA’s 150 students currently continuing their studies at home, the timing of this new investment is crucial; it comes as a relief to parents, teachers and staff who are facing the daily challenges of distance education.  

The need for new digital learning resources existed before social distancing measures forced the school the close its classrooms. CTA had only 47 laptops to share amongst its K-12 teaching staff and students, many of which needed to be replaced. The COVID-19 crisis exacerbated the problem, limiting the types of lessons teachers could provide and leaving some children without the necessary tools to complete their work. This investment will help ensure the school’s online-learning initiatives can progress and every student is given a chance to succeed, including an enhanced ability to develop individualized learning plans. 

PRPA and Lax Kw’alaams Band have worked together quickly to fill this critical gap for the school. PRPA is investing $35,000 into the project, 50% of the project’s total cost. 

“During these challenging times, it is more imperative than ever that we work together to support those in need. We know this investment will help the students and staff of Coast Tsimshian Academy finish their school year with a renewed energy and set them up for learning success in the future” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. 

CTA Principal Skye Mitchell, said “In the short term, the laptops will allow teachers to continue their classes and support more engaging instruction and active feedback with their students. In the long term, having enough laptops will allow CTA to provide increased learning support both during and after school hours.” 

“Investing in our youth and the incredible teachers that guide them is a win-win,” according to Lax Kw’alaams Mayor Garry Reece. “These new laptops will give our kids the tools they need right now to stay on track with their schoolwork during the lockdown and later carry on their education and development once classes can safely resume.”  

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ABOUT THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY’S COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND: 

The Community Investment Fund is financed by a share of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s annual net income that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents of the North Coast. By investing these funds into community projects, led mostly by dedicated local volunteers, the Port Authority has been able to share its financial success with the communities that enable it. Since 2009, over 10.3 million dollars have been committed to the Fund – that’s over $10 million in 10 years, helping to make 76 local projects come to life. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting arts and culture, recreation, health and wellness, youth, education, the environment and other needs in the community. 

FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: 

Monika Cote 
Manager, Corporate Communications 
Prince Rupert Port Authority 
250-627-2550 
mcote@rupertport.com   

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