Economic Impact

The Port of Prince Rupert
Makes Northern BC Work.

The Port of Prince Rupert is sustaining its strong growth as a key North American gateway and this is having a positive impact on communities across northern British Columbia.

The results of the Port’s 2019 Economic Impact Assessment are impressive and demonstrate the continued growth and diversification of the Gateway industry in the region.

The study found that transportation of $50 billion worth of exports and imports through the Port generated over $1.5 billion in annual economic activity and is creating new, well-paying job opportunities for skilled workers across northern BC.

Employment in port-related activities has more than doubled since 2009. Marine, terminal, rail, truck, and logistics activities in the region directly supported the work of approximately 3,600 people. After adding indirect jobs—from businesses providing supplies and services to the industry—the employment total rises to approximately 6,200. 

This combined workforce generates more than $480 million in wages for families in communities across northern BC, an increase of over 330% since 2009. In addition, the average annual wage in 2018 rose to approximately $87,000.

It’s not just working women and men and their families who are benefitting from this growth. Annual tax contributions to all levels of government from the companies and workers that keep the port moving now exceed $125 million annually.

This includes over $9 million in 2018 to local municipalities in the Prince Rupert area through payments in lieu of taxes from PRPA, property taxes from terminals and PRPA tenants, and the Port Competitiveness Transfer from the provincial government to local governments.

View our latest Economic Impact Study documenting economic growth and the
value of the port’s trade.