Prince Rupert Port Authority Invests in New Accessible Playground


EFFECTIVE MAY 14, 2021

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Lax Kxeen Elementary School’s playground is now safer and more inclusive with newly installed accessible equipment, thanks to the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund. The new space provides a place for children of all ages and abilities to explore and play, while also offering unique opportunities for occupational therapy in a fun, informal environment.

The playground was built through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Community Investment Fund, Lax Kxeen Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, School District 52, and other local supporters, with the goal of creating an accessible outdoor asset for the benefit of the school, as well as families in the community. The school’s existing playground equipment was not suited to people of all physical abilities and the Committee took the initiative to create a more inclusive space.

“Having a safe and accessible outdoor space is imperative to making all members of our school community feel welcome and included. Thanks to the support of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund, we are able to give children of all physical abilities a place to play,” said Natalie McLean, Lax Kxeen Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee Vice Chair.

“We recognize that learning through play is an essential part of childhood development and by building safe spaces like the Lax Kxeen Elementary School accessible playground, we are creating chances for kids to strengthen their bodies and minds alongside their peers,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

The playground was designed with guidance from School District 52’s Occupational Therapist James Wintle, who selected equipment that could be used by people with a range of physical abilities. The play space includes a carousel with features that allow people with different mobility issues – whether they require a wheelchair, walker, or cane – to enjoy the equipment in the same way as those who do not require support. Likewise, the recycled rubber material used on the surface of the playground can be navigated on foot or on wheels, meaning strollers can easily roll anywhere.

“During the pandemic, we’ve seen children experience more sedentary time because many activities have been cancelled. This playground is getting kids back outside, excited to move their bodies and providing them with opportunities to target different muscles and develop their motor planning skills,” said Wintle.

PRPA committed $70,000 from its Community Investment Fund to support this nearly $250,000 project. School District 52 will manage and maintain the playground. PRPA has invested $430,000 in six playgrounds in the Prince Rupert and Port Edward areas through its Community Investment Fund.

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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 83 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.

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Prince Rupert Port Authority
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The Port Authority’s Environmental Technician collaborates to protect marine life

Caitlin Smith, Environmental Technician for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, contributes in many ways to preserving the North Coast’s marine habitats, especially when it comes to monitoring for invasive species. (Photo: Michael Ambach)

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The ongoing mission to preserve aquatic life in Northern BC’s marine environment is a huge group effort, and one of the people at its heart is biologist Caitlin Smith. As the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Environmental Technician, she contributes in many ways to preserving the North Coast’s marine habitats, especially when it comes to monitoring for invasive species.

Each year, the Port participates in the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. A major component is the Settlement Plate Program, which monitors for invasive tunicates and bryozoans. From June through September, Smith helps deploy dozens of plates at marinas around Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams. These simple devices consist of a clean, flat PVC disc secured to a brick to keep it weighted one metre underwater, where the target species can be found. The plates are suspended from docks where free-floating invertebrates will settle. At the end of the three months, they are brought to the surface and analysed for potential invasive species.

Another element of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program involves monitoring for European Green Crab, and there is work underway to set-up an extensive monitoring program in the North Coast. Smith helps monitor for the presence of European Green Crab larvae, by collecting zooplankton samples from locations around the region each season.

“Monitoring of aquatic invasive species is important to protecting the North Coast because it enables scientists to detect the presence of harmful invasive species before they begin to have ecological and economic impacts,” Smith says. “Mitigating or eradicating aquatic invasive species is incredibly difficult and is why early detection is key to help prevent their spread and contain the species.”

Collaboration is key in environmental monitoring efforts

The North Coast of B.C. has not had major issues with aquatic invasive organisms to date, but some aquatic invasive species are present on the central and south coasts, Haida Gwaii, and southeast Alaska. The Aquatic Invasive Species Program aims to keep the North Coast a step ahead of the threat. The Prince Rupert Port Authority collaborates with multiple agencies and groups, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Coast Mountain College’s Applied Coastal Ecology program and local First Nations to keep the region’s abundant marine life and their habitats under close watch.

“Collaboration is essential in establishing more robust monitoring programs that allow for the greatest amount of resources to be used. Without collaboration, our many environmental monitoring programs at the Port of Prince Rupert would not be what they are today.”

Learn more about the Port of Prince Rupert’s environmental stewardship and efforts to protect marine life at rupertport.com/sustainability

Meet the person who ensures Gateway projects follow specific environmental regulations

Jack Smith, Director of Environmental Planning and Compliance for the Prince Rupert Port Authority, has helped the Port become a leader in environmental stewardship across North America. (Photo: Michael Ambach)

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No major project can proceed at the Port of Prince Rupert without undergoing multiple evaluations, and the person who leads the charge when it comes to environmental aspects is Jack Smith, the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Director of Environmental Planning and Compliance.

As the Port Authority’s regulatory representative, Smith helps the Prince Rupert Port Authority maintain its commitment to sustainability by implementing management plans, federal policy, and regulatory conditions that relate to the Gateway’s environmental performance. That means examining possible impacts on water and air quality, vegetation, wildlife and their habitats.

“We must consider and weigh every aspect of an operation, to make sure rules are being followed, potential hazards are identified and mitigated, and every effort is made to protect the ecosystems that make up our Gateway,” Smith says.

The planning process that protects us all

Part of Smith’s role includes ensuring proposed development follows the rigorous standards set out by the Government of Canada’s environmental legislation, including the Impact Assessment Act. Although many factors weigh into the final decisions on whether projects ultimately proceed, Smith is tasked with ensuring environmental compliance is integrated throughout the planning and regulatory processes. This includes coordinating with other government agencies that are also responsible for regulatory oversight, and ensuring that Indigenous and public feedback, concerns, and interests are considered.

No matter the size and scope of the project, Smith and his team apply the same critical thinking skills and assessment of science-based evidence to evaluations, with the goal of ensuring assets that will contribute to Port growth and diversification do not adversely affect the environment.

“We have a legal duty to ensure processes are followed and that all requirements are met, but we also have a societal duty to our community to protect the places where we live and work,” said Smith. “We want our Port to be held to the highest standard for our long-term operational sustainability and for continued enjoyment of the people living on the North Coast.”

Learn more about the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s commitment to environmental sustainability at rupertport.com/sustainability.

Cancer patients of Prince Rupert Regional Hospital (PRRH) will soon benefit from a full-scale renovation of the Cancer Care Unit, ensuring the local Oncology Department is equipped with the most up-to-date technology and comfortable facilities to minimize unnecessary out-of-town medical travel for residents of Prince Rupert and the surrounding communities it serves.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today its support through its Community Investment Fund for the North Coast Health Improvement Society’s (NCHIS) Cancer Care Unit Upgrade Project in the amount of $100,000. The project includes an increase in space and capacity, improved privacy and comfort for patients and their families, and enhanced treatment technology and tools.

The Cancer Care Unit Upgrade Project addresses limitations of the previous space like poor sight lines, isolation of physician from patients and staff, an unwelcoming chemotherapy room, and limited space to accommodate accompanying family and friends. With the number of cancer patients increasing each year, the need for access to local primary care is a priority in the region.

“Every member of our community will be impacted by cancer in some way, at some point in their lives,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We at PRPA recognize the importance of contributing to projects like this that will help patients feel more comfortable as they receive care closer to home.”

“NCHIS worked collaboratively with Northern Health, cancer doctors, nurses and specialists, to ensure the equipment was of the highest standard for the unit and meets the Government of BC’s best practices for delivery of healthcare to residents of the north coast,” said Stefan Delloch, President of the NCHIS. “We are grateful to everyone that contributed to seeing this project realized.”

With a total project cost of $200,000, NCHIS is investing $50,000 of its own funds and has received additional support from the community and other partners.

A new cycling pump track in Terrace is encouraging more people to get on their wheels, whether bicycle, tricycle, skateboard or scooter, as Northwest B.C.’s newest outdoor recreational destination.

Built through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund and the Terrace Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA), the track is an integral part of The HuB, a progressive ride centre developed for people of all ages and abilities to use.

Located in the heart of Terrace, the asphalt pump track consists of a series of bumps and banked corners for riders to approach at their own pace. The track integrates with 2.5 kilometres of new and rehabilitated beginner and intermediate bike trails to form The HuB. It provides riders with an opportunity to get a feel for their bikes and practice on the types of obstacles they can expect to encounter on more challenging terrain.

“This pump track breaks down barriers for cyclists who want to build their confidence before setting out on the trails,” said Aleksa Havelaar, Trail Director and Vice President, Terrace Off Road Cycling Association. “The support of the Community Investment Fund allowed us to build a recreational training ground unlike anything else in Northern B.C. that offers novice and experienced riders a place to learn new skills, exercise, and have fun almost year-round.”

“We are thrilled to help create a new, long-lasting recreational asset for Terrace and surrounding Northwest communities, especially one that serves as a safe, accessible place for youth and families to spend time, rain or shine,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “It represents another way to ensure that the economic benefits of a growing port keep coming back to the communities that we reside in, and we’re very thankful for the hard work of the TORCA volunteers that opened up this opportunity.”

The Community Investment Fund committed $84,000 to the construction of the professionally designed pump track. That investment was critical to covering the costs of the track’s durable asphalt surface, which is well-suited to variable weather conditions and requires far less maintenance than a dirt track.

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The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today that work has begun on a habitat restoration project in the Seal Cove area that will feature new and improved community recreational access on the Prince Rupert waterfront. 

The Seal Cove Salt Marsh’s value as fish habitat has been highly impacted by historical human activity and industrial development, including the clearing of natural vegetation, disturbed intertidal habitat, and collection of waste and refuse. This habitat enhancement project will revitalize a freshwater creek, marine riparian areas, intertidal marshes and mudflats, eelgrass beds and other shoreline plantings, and enhance connectivity to Fern Passage and Seal Cove under the existing trestle bridge for marine life.

Through a collaborative partnership with the City of Prince Rupert, the project will also incorporate new recreational waterfront access that will enable local residents to enjoy the community’s newest jewel. The installation of a lighted pathway around the salt marsh, a pedestrian bridge, viewpoints and seating areas, and interpretive signage will greatly enhance the shoreline experience. In addition, the park’s proximity to Rushbrook Trail and Seal Cove seaplane base will make for a truly unique Prince Rupert landmark.

The $4 million project is being undertaken by Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance.  Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2021 for public access and will take three to five years for the habitat enhancements to fully establish themselves. Progress will be monitored by PRPA on an ongoing basis through that time.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to incorporate habitat compensation, environmental sustainability, and create a new public space for the community,” said Shaun Stevenson, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “The Prince Rupert Port Authority has invested in several waterfront access projects, including the Rushhrook Trail, Atlin Promenade, Cow Bay Marina, Atlin & Northland Terminals, and the Seal Cove Salt Marsh project adds another opportunity for waterfront access in our community.”

“This sustainable, new development will enhance the lives of both people and wildlife, as well as upholds the Prince Rupert 2030 Vision for our community,” said Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain. “We are pleased to be collaborating with the Prince Rupert Port Authority on a project that will improve waterfront access and turn an underutilized section of our city into a recreational destination.”

The project site has been provided by the City of Prince Rupert, and development will be fully funded and managed by PRPA. The Seal Cove project is compensation for marine habitat impact associated with the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor. This is just one of many habitat restoration projects PRPA has undertaken as part of a robust program that offsets environmental impacts of new port project development.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today it has set another record for annual cargo volumes. Despite unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, 32.4 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince Rupert in 2020, nine percent more than in 2019.

“In a year marred by uncertainty, the Port of Prince Rupert has facilitated increased trade in support of Canada’s economic health through the pandemic enabling over $50 billion in international trade. Thanks to the diversification of our cargoes, and the commitment and determination to maintain a safe working environment through the pandemic by our Port partners and the men and women working in the gateway industry in northern British Columbia, the Port of Prince Rupert’s operations have remained resilient,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Weathering the storms triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, our Port has handily proven its resiliency, efficiency, and reliability as a key strategic trade gateway for Canada.”

Essential port operations provided important economic stability for the region in 2020. Port operations provided the foundation for $1.5 billion of economic activity, over 6,200 direct and indirect jobs related to moving trade through the northern BC corridor, and contributed nearly $12 million to local municipal government tax revenue.

The Port’s highest total volume to date was led by a rise in exports of coal, propane, and wood pellets. Ridley Terminal saw a year-over-year increase of 26 percent, driven by demand for thermal coal. AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal marked its first full year of operation in May 2020 and ended the year with 1,159,207 tonnes loaded onto 27 vessels bound for Asia. Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Westview Terminal had a record year, exporting 1,474,301 tonnes of wood pellets, an increase of 33 percent over 2019. Factory shutdowns in Asia and locked down economies in North America caused a 19 percent drop in container traffic in the second quarter. However, volumes rebounded and DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal finished a mere six percent down with 1,141,390 TEUs moving through the Port for the year, attributed mostly to a decline in the volume of empty containers being shipped through Prince Rupert back to Asia.

While cargo volumes grew in 2020, passenger volumes dropped off significantly, with the cancellation of the summer cruise season and BC Ferries experiencing a steep decline in ridership. The Prince Rupert Port Authority continues to work closely with the cruise industry and local stakeholders to determine the best way to welcome back passengers when Transport Canada allows international travel and removes the no sail order, which restricts cruise vessels from calling on Canadian ports.

The obstacles presented by the pandemic have not hindered progress on several key projects aimed at sustainably growing and diversifying the Port complex. Construction crews are nearing completion of the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, a 5-kilometre private haul road that will reroute container trucks away from city streets and signficantly reduce truck emissions; DP World gained regulatory approval for the southern expansion of Fairview Container Terminal that will support a future capacity of 1.8 million TEUs; Vopak Pacific Canada is expected to make a final investment decision on a new liquid bulk storage facility and marine berth on Ridley Island later this year; and the environmental assessment process began for the proposed Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform, a project that will support large-scale export transloading, maximizing value to Canadian exporters.

“We continue to advance the development of critical infrastructure and expansion projects that support the resilience of the gateway operations, and the growth and diversification of cargo handling capabilities and capacities at the Port Prince Rupert,” said Stevenson. “By expanding  trade enabling infrastructure, we will not only support our local economy, but will be poised to offer Canadian industries a competitive edge as the global economy rebounds from the effects of the pandemic.”

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EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 30, 2020 

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is now over 75 percent complete.  

The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is a five kilometre road stretching along the southwestern edge of Kaien Island. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, crews from the Coast Tsimshian Northern Contractors Alliance, a local First Nations joint venture, have safely worked 24-hours a day on rotating shifts to build this critical piece of infrastructure. In addition to nearly completing dredging work, teams have placed rock along the full length of the road, with one third now at sub-grade elevation and ready for the paving structure. The project remains on track for completion in Q2 2021.

The $115 million Connector Corridor project will be fully activated when DP World’s Fairview Terminal expansion is completed in 2022. This will enable container truck traffic to be rerouted away from public roads to the new Port Authority-owned route, which will reduce the journey from 20 kilometres to 5 kilometres.  

“The Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor is designed to get trucks off downtown streets, improve safety as we grow, and reduce the environmental impacts of trucking activities in Prince Rupert,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We anticipate the changes will cut emissions for each truck trip by about 75 percent.” 

The Connector Corridor is integral to the sustainable growth of Prince Rupert’s intermodal ecosystem, and will create new supply chain efficiencies through the development of logistics services, like the Ridley Island Export Logistics Platform and South Kaien Import Logistics Park.  These projects will generate new jobs and economic advantages for local communities and First Nations, as well as reduce the impact of port operations on the environment. 

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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. 

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Prince Rupert Port Authority 
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Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor – Kurt Slocombe Interview from Prince Rupert Port Authority

EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 24, 2020

PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Green Marine has determined that the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is once again one of the highest environmental performers in North America, significantly exceeding jurisdictional regulations and further establishing its reputation as a global leader in environmental stewardship.

Green Marine is a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry that encourages participants to reduce their environmental footprint by taking concrete actions. The program is a rigorous, transparent, and inclusive initiative that addresses key environmental issues through targeted performance indicators. All results are verified and published every two years by accredited external auditors to achieve Green Marine certification.

PRPA’s performance report achieved the highest level in environmental criteria related to community impacts, spill prevention, aquatic invasive species, waste management, and environmental leadership. It also featured above average results related to greenhouse gases and underwater noise. PRPA’s average score was 4.5/5 in these categories, compared to the North American port average of 2.83/5.

The report made particular mention of PRPA programs such as Green Wave (which provides financial incentives to marine carriers to reduce air emissions and underwater noise), annual GHG and air emission inventories and forecasts, the Community Investment Fund (that dedicates a portion of PRPA’s net income to legacy community projects, including salmon enhancement), and its proactive collaboration with all port users to understand the environmental conditions of the air, water and land that surrounds Prince Rupert Harbour.

Notwithstanding its success to date, PRPA is committed to continually improving its performance in all areas of environmental stewardship. Recent activity to reintroduce shore power availability to container vessels and investigate new technology and feasibility of low emission trucks and equipment promise to further lower the port’s carbon footprint. Similarly, PRPA’s ongoing partnerships, initiatives, and research related to marine mammals and underwater noise will lead to improved management of the interaction between port activities and acoustic species. 

This year marks ten years of PRPA’s participation in Green Marine, a voluntary program aimed at advancing environmental excellence in the marine industry. The Port of Prince Rupert was the first West Coast port to join the Green Marine program, and has used the program as a benchmark to continually improve and measure its environmental performance.

“The Port of Prince Rupert was the catalyst that motivated the program’s expansion outside of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region,” recalls David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine. “It led to many participants joining from all coasts – Pacific North West, Gulf Coast, Atlantic – and this more diversified membership strengthened and added value to the program.” Bolduc added that PRPA has also played a very active role in supporting and expanding Green Marine’s objectives to reduce the environmental footprint of the marine industry, which has expanded to include 146 port members, terminals, and ship owners across the continent.

In addition to PRPA, local Port of Prince Rupert members also include DP World Prince Rupert, Ridley Terminals Inc., AltaGas’ Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, Tidal Coast Terminal, Quickload Logistics, BC Ferries and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Along with the strong performance in the program, PRPA has provided industry leadership with roles on the Board of Directors, a founding and active member of the West Coast advisory committee and leading the development of the underwater noise performance indicator.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority takes immense pride in demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship by going above and beyond our regulatory obligations to ensure our operations and practices are sustainable in the decades to come,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO, Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We are grateful for the guidance and inspiration Green Marine has provided to our Port over the past ten years as we work together to mitigate the impacts of shipping on our environment.”

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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, $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.

GREEN MARINE 2019 PERFORMANCE RESULTS

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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