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About the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program

Transportation is critical to Canada’s prosperity.  It is a major enabler of economic activity, supporting trade and commerce as well as connecting Canadians to essential services and linking communities across the country and around the world.  However, transportation is also one of the largest sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Canada. As such, the Government of Canada supports initiatives like the SPTP Program which encourage the development and implementation of clean technologies and alternatives that; reduce harmful emissions, help create jobs for Canadians and boost Canada’s economy.

SPTP will help reduce air pollution and GHG emissions by reducing ship idling at ports, this is one of the ways the Government of Canada is acting on its commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020. In addition to GHG reductions, the marine shore power technology is also good for the health of Canadians because it contributes to improving air quality in port areas which are usually in close proximity to major cities.

The SPTP builds on Transport Canada’s Marine Shore Power Program (MSPP) which was introduced in 2007 and concluded in March 2012.  Under the MSPP, Port Metro Vancouver received $2 million from Transport Canada to successfully implement shore power for cruise ships and the Port Authority of Prince Rupert received $1.6 million from Transport Canada for the successful installation of shore power facilities for container ships.  The previous program clearly demonstrated that marine shore power can be successfully implemented in Canada and led to the creation of the SPTP.

Program Details:

The Shore Power Technology for Ports (SPTP) Program is a $27.2 million contribution program to reduce air emissions, particulates, and Greenhouse Gases from marine vessels in and around Canadian ports.  Funding for the SPTP was provided in Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada’s Clean Air Agenda.

A formal call for proposals under the SPTP was issued on May 4, 2012 inviting interested parties to submit their project proposals and funding applications. Funding for approved projects will be available from April 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015.

Eligible recipients for this program are Canadian Port Authorities and private entities engaged in operating and/or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada.

Complete eligibility and assessment details are published in the Shore Power Technology for Ports Applicant’s Guide.