Shore Power Technology for Ports Program

The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and to improve air quality in ports near major cities.

The program reduces emissions by reducing ship idling at ports. This is one way Canada is acting on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020.

The program will provide up to 50% of the funding for implementing marine shore power technology at Canadian ports. This technology allows docked ships to turn off their auxiliary diesel engines and connect to electric power.

Eligibility for funding

The application period for the program is currently closed. Please continue to check the website for updates and application information.

Eligible recipients include:

  • Canadian port authorities
  • private entities which operate and/or own marine ports and terminals in Canada

Transport Canada will contribute up to $27.2 million to the program. The program will reimburse recipients up to 50% of eligible expenses. Applicants are required to prove that they have enough up-front funding to pay for their project.

Recipients may be reimbursed for expenses related to implementing marine shore power at ports. For example:

  • capital construction costs
  • professional services
  • purchase or lease of technology, equipment and supplies
  • salaries
  • administrative expenses

Advanced funding is not provided.

The program will only accept applications following a formal call for proposals.

Contact Shore Power Technology for Ports

For more information, or to request copies of the Applicant’s Guide or the Port Metro Vancouver Shore Power Project case study, use the contact information below:


330 Sparks St, Place de Ville, Tower C
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5


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