Ports Asset Transfer Program

The Divestiture Phase (Stage 1) to Provinces and Municipalities began on January 6, 2016 and the Divestiture Phase (Stage 2) began on March 6, 2016 on a port-by-port basis.

List of port facilities under the Ports Asset Transfer Program

Ports Asset Transfer Program – FAQs

The Government of Canada has been transferring port facilities ownership and operations to interested parties since introducing the National Marine Policy (NMP) in 1995.

New ownership can help these facilities thrive and contribute to economic growth, jobs and investments in the community. New operators may also have greater flexibility to expand or improve port facilities for continued marine operations or for alternate uses that meet local needs.

The Ports Asset Transfer Program aims to sell or divest Transport Canada-owned port facilities to Interested Parties, namely:

  • Other federal departments and crown corporations;
  • Provincial governments and municipalities; and
  • The general public and Indigenous groups.

Approach

The Ports Asset Transfer Program has specific timelines for the Engagement, Sales and Divestiture Phases.

Engagement

  • Since the beginning of the Engagement Phase, Transport Canada has notified Interested Parties by providing general information about the new program.
  • This helps Interested Parties get ready to indicate their interest at the launch of the phase that interests them most.

Sales

The Sales Phase was undertaken in two stages:

  • Stage 1 – On June 15, 2015, Transport Canada offered port facilities for sale for a period of 60 days to Government Interested Parties. These parties include:
    • Federal departments;
    • Crown Corporations;
    • Provinces; and
    • Municipalities.
  • Stage 2 – On August 14, 2015, Transport Canada provided the general public and Indigenous groups 30 days to express interest in acquiring a port facility where no expression of interest was received during Stage 1. Members of the general public include:
    • Private citizens;
    • Industry;
    • Non-government organizations; and
    • Canada Port Authorities.

Stage 1 and 2 Interested Parties who express an interest in acquiring a port facility during the Sales Phase may request detailed information regarding a specific port facility once they have signed a Letter of Intent and a Disclosure of Information Agreement such as:

  • property description;
  • environmental site assessment material;
  • heritage; and
  • other relevant information (as applicable).

Divestiture

The Divestiture Phase will be undertaken in two stages, on a port-by-port basis:

Stage 1 – Beginning on January 6, 2016, Transport Canada will accept, for a period of 60 days, expressions of interests to acquire port facilities through divestiture from provinces and municipalities for public purposes.

Stage 2 – If Transport Canada does not receive an expression of interest for a port facility during divestiture Stage 1, the general public and Indigenous groups will then have 30 days to express interest beginning on March 6, 2016.

Stage 1 and 2 Interested Parties who express an interest in acquiring a port during the Divestiture Phase may request detailed information regarding a specific port facility once they have signed a Letter of Intent and a Disclosure of Information Agreement such as:

  • property description;
  • environmental site assessment material;
  • heritage material; and
  • other relevant information (as applicable).

Learn More

Please contact the regional port manager in your area for more information:

Regional Contacts

Quebec Region
418-648-5239

Ontario Region
416-952-0505

Atlantic Region
902-461-3908

Pacific Region
604-666-5390

List of port facilities under the Ports Asset Transfer Program

Newfoundland and Labrador

Charlottetown

 

The wharf at Charlottetown is located on the east coast of Newfoundland, at Bonavista Bay; approximately 250 kilometers west of St. John's.

Facilities

Wharf is a creosoted treated timber crib structure:

61.15m long by 9.15m wide

Gravel approach road:

434m long by 8m wide

Charlottetown

Marystown

 

The town of Marystown is located in Mortier Bay, an inlet on the western shore of Placentia Bay on Newfoundland's southern coast.

Facilities

Wharf, South facing

35.85m

Wharf, North facing

24.9m

Wharf, East facing

34.4m

Wharf, West facing

36.1m

Wooden Shed

9.10m x 18.20m

Marystown

Terrenceville

 

Terrenceville is located at the Head of Fortune Bay on the western shore of the Burin Peninsula 140 kilometers southwest of St. John's.

Facilities

Wharf

61.05m by 12.25m

Concrete footing

7.6m by 12m

Terrenceville

Nova Scotia

Liverpool (Breakwater)**

 

Liverpool is a small town situated at the mouth of the Mersey River approximately 120 kilometers southwest of Halifax on Nova Scotia's south shore.

Facilities

Breakwater

306m

Liverpool

Lunenburg (Breakwater)

 

Lunenburg is located on the south shore of Nova Scotia located approximately 100 kilometers west of Halifax and the town is a world UNESCO site.

Facilities

Breakwater

165m

Lunenburg

Quebec

Baie-Comeau

 

The port is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, near the mouth of the Manicouagan River, about 440 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Wharf with ro-ro ramp (1 berth)

Breakwater wharf (3 berths)

Administrative office:

103 m2

Storage area:

6,000 m2

Baie-Comeau

Baie-Johan-Beetz

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 925 kilometers downstream from Quebec City, in the Lower North Shore Region.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Shed:

100 m2

Baie-Johan-Beetz

Blanc-Sablon

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, very close to the border between the provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, about 1,500 kilometers downstream from Quebec City, in the Lower North Shore Region.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Shed (with an office, washroom and waiting room):

480 m2

Blanc Sablon

Cap aux Meules

 

The port facility is located inside Cap-aux-Meules harbour, in the Magdalen Islands archipelago. It is located at a driving distance of about 1,200 kilometers east of Quebec City, with a 146 kilometers ferry crossing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Facilities

Commercial wharf (4 berths) including:

  • One berth for the ferry to Île d'Entrée subsidized by the Quebec government;
  • One berth for the maritime service between Montreal and Cap-aux-Meules, also subsidized by the Quebec government;
  • Building (cruise ship terminal and warehouse);
  • Administrative building: 574 m2
  • Former administrative office

Fishermen's wharf (3 berths – several ships)

Spur wharf (3 berths)

Ferry Terminal Sector:

  • Ferry to Souris wharf (1 berth)

Former ferry wharf (1 berth)

  • Service building
  • Shed
  • Guard house
  • Waiting room building
Cap-aux-Meules

Carleton

 

The port of Carleton is located about 252 kilometers southeast of Rimouski, on the north shore of Chaleur Bay, about 280 kilometers southwest of Gaspé.

Facilities

Wharf:

  • 1 commercial berth, partially barricaded because the head of wharf is deemed unstable;
  • Interior berth used by fishermen (in poor condition);

Office:

  • Construction site trailer: 41.80 m2 (in poor condition).
Carleton

Chandler

 

The wharf is located on the south coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, at the entrance to Chaleur Bay, about 715 kilometers east of Quebec City and 130 kilometers southwest of Gaspé.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Administrative office:

86.40 m2

Chandler

Gaspé

 

The wharf is located inside Gaspé harbour, 2.5 kilometers from the town of Gaspé, at the eastern end of the Gaspé Peninsula.

Facilities

Commercial wharf with 2 berths

Office:

84.0 m2

Port access road:

0.8 kilometers

Storage space:

about 6,500 m2

Gaspé

Gros-Cacouna

 

The port is located on the eastern boundary of the Municipality of Cacouna on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 190 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Shed and service building:

2,791.54 m2

Garage:

276.46 m2

Quarry (not in operation)

More than 100,000 m2 for development of activities

Breakwaters (2)

Harbour

Access road:

0.5 kilometers long

Gros-Cacouna

Harrington Harbour

 

The wharf is located on an island near the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 263 kilometers west of Blanc-Sablon and about 1,200 kilometers east of Quebec City, in the Lower North Shore Region. The village of Harrington Harbour has no link to the provincial highway system.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Shed (with an office, waiting room and washroom):

280 m2

Harrington Harbour

Kegaska

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 200 kilometers east of Havre Saint Pierre in the Lower North Shore Region.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Shed:

123 m2

Kegaska

La Romaine

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 1,000 kilometers east of Quebec City, in the Lower North Shore Region. The village of La Romaine has no link to the provincial highway system.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Shed (with office, waiting room and washroom):

186 m2

La Romaine

La Tabatière

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 180 kilometers west of Blanc-Sablon, in the Lower North Shore Region. The village of La Tabatière has no link to the provincial highway system.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Shed (with office and washroom):

251 m2

La Tabatière

Les Méchins

 

The Les Méchins wharf is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 45 kilometers east of Matane.

Facilities

Wharf with 2 berths

Storage space:

about 500 m2

Les Méchins

Matane

 

The Matane wharf is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 400 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Commercial wharf with 1 berth

Spur wharf:

Closed for demolition

Breakwater

1 kilometer long

Administrative office:

108 m2

Storage space:

about 13,000 m2 near the wharf and 46,800 m2 in the south sector

Matane

Miguasha

 

The Miguasha wharf is located on the north shore of Chaleur Bay, about 20 kilometers west of Carleton and 530 kilometers from Quebec City.

Facilities

Closed wharf – Use prohibited

Breakwater

Miguasha

Mont-Louis

 

The federal wharf is located east of the village of Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 560 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Closed wharf at the end of its service life – Use and access prohibited.

Mont-Louis

Natashquan

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 400 kilometers east of Sept-Îles, in the Lower North Shore Region.

Facilities

Wharf with 3 berths

Shed (with office, waiting room and washrooms):

212 m2

Natashquan

Paspébiac

 

The port of Paspébiac is located on the north shore of Chaleur Bay, about 195 kilometers southwest of Gaspé.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Shed:

208.65 m2

Paspébiac

Pointe-au-Père (Breakwater)

 

The Pointe-au-Père wharf is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Estuary, 10 kilometers east of Rimouski.

Facilities

Wharf converted into riprap with a driving surface

Pointe-au-Père

Portneuf

 

The Portneuf wharf is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 55 kilometers upstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Closed wharf at the end of its service life – Use and access prohibited;

Access pier about 10 m wide by 1 kilometer long.

Portneuf

Rimouski

 

The Rimouski wharf is located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, about 315 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

West Pier with 1 berth, one closed section and one section in poor condition (awaiting inspection report);

East Pier with 4 berths;

Transversal Pier with 1 berth (closed section)

Spur wharf with 1 berth for fishing boats

1 shed:

296 m2

Administrative office:

110 m2

Garage:

126 m2

Storage space:

13,500 m2

Rimouski

Saint-Augustin

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 1,368 kilometers east of Quebec City, in the Lower North Shore Region. The village of Saint-Augustin has no link to the provincial highway system.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Wharf with 2 berths for small vessels

Shed:

316 m2

Office:

75 m2

Apartment:

75 m2

Saint-Augustin

Saint-François

 

The Saint-François wharf is located on the south shore of Île d'Orléans, about 10 kilometers downstream from Quebec City.

Facilities

Closed wharf at the end of its service life – Use prohibited

Saint-François

Tête-à-la-Baleine

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 180 kilometers west of Blanc-Sablon, in the Lower North Shore Region. The village of Tête-à-la-Baleine has no link to the provincial highway system.

Facilities

Wharf with 1 berth

Shed (with office, waiting room and washroom):

124 m2

Tête-à-la-Baleine

Vieux-Fort

 

The wharf is located on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, about 56 kilometers west of Blanc-Sablon, in the Lower North Shore Region.

Facilities

Closed wharf – Use prohibited

Shed (with office):

201 m2

Vieux-Fort

Ontario

Cornwall**

 

Cornwall is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River 120 kilometers west of Montreal.

Facilities

Main wharf and berth

175m, 9m draft

Paved approach road

Graveled lay-down area

Fenced tank farm

Cornwall

Kingston

 

The Kingston dock is located east of Cataraqui Bay and provides shore protection to the upland property. The dock is currently fenced off and not utilized.

Facilities

Coal Dock

Kingston

Owen Sound

 

The Port of Owen Sound is located on the Southwest quadrant of the Georgian Bay at the mouth of the Sydenham River. Navigation is seasonal from March to end of December.

Facilities

West Harbour Wall

Length 1,241.4m

East Harbour Wall

Length 1,143.08m

Owen Sound

Pelee Island

 

Scudder Wharf on Pelee Island, Lake Erie is located on the north shore of the Island and the Island is 26.2 kilometers south of Leamington (on the mainland). The Island is serviced by ferry from April to December and by air service the remainder of the year. The adjacent pier, timber jetties, floating docks and rubble breakwater, all to the east of the wharf are under the administration and control of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Facilities

Wharf

255m length, 13.74m narrowing to 6.63m in width at inner end

Breakwater

200m

Pelee Island

South Baymouth

 

The wharf facilities in South Baymouth support the operation of the Chi-Cheemaun, a Provincially-run ferry which links Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth and Manitoulin Island.

Facilities

Ferry wharf

110m in length, 5m width

South Baymouth

Tobermory

 

The wharf facilities in Tobermory support the operation of the Chi-Cheemaun, a Provincially-run ferry which links Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth and Manitoulin Island.

Facilities

New ferry wharf

135m (width varies from 4.5m to 14.6m)

Old ferry wharf

125m (width varies from 4.5m to 14.6m)

Tobermory

Walpole

 

The Walpole Island Ferry Terminal is located at the First Nation Reserve of Walpole Island, near the northeast corner of Lake St. Clair. The terminal is situated on the western edge of the island along the east bank of the St. Clair River.

Facilities

Breakwater

120m in length, 10m in width

Ferry terminal

35m in length, 3m in width

Walpole

Manitoba

Berens River

 

Berens River is a First Nation Community, located in Manitoba, along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg. The town is accessible only by winter road, boat, or airplane.

Facilities

Timber crib wharf with a stone rip-rap approach road

64m

Berens River

Alberta

Fort Chipewyan

 

Fort Chipewyan is located on the northwest shore of Lake Athabasca and can only be accessed by plane or boat in the summer and by a winter road across the lake in the winter.

Facilities

1 Approach

5.5m by 51.8m

3 Breakwaters (steel pile with rock fill)

1 Concrete boat launching ramp

8.2m by 40.9m

1 Timber wharf

57.6m by 8.7m

1 Gravel surfaced loading ramp

1 Float

2.7m by 28.7m

Fort Chipewyan

British Columbia

Bamfield West

 

Bamfield is located in the northern part of Vancouver Island on Barkley Sound, is only accessible by boat or seaplane and the facility is a deep water port.

Facilities

1 Approach

3.1m by 32.0m

1 Wharf

18.30m by 9.10m

1 Wooden float

2.7m by 24.4m

1 Gangway

1.2m by 11.0m

1 Derrick

3 ton, 2700kg

1 Shed

3.6m by 3.6m

1 Solar light

Bamfield

Bella Bella

 

Bella Bella is located on the Inside Passage of Vancouver Island; 181 kilometers north of Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island and 144 kilometers west of Bella Coola.

Facilities

1 Approach with wooden plank breakwater

1 Wharf

15.2m by 54.45m

2 Gangways

1.5m by 13.4m

2 Floats

3.7m by 27.4m and 2.7m by 30.5m

1 Registered seaplane float

2.7m by 30.4m for boats

Lights and Panel

Shed not owned by TC (area has been licensed to a 3rd party)

Bella Bella

False Bay

 

False Bay is located on Lasqueti Island off the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Facilities

1 Approach

4.3m by 57.9m

1 Wharf

12.2m by 30.5m

2 Gangways

1.5m by 13.8

4 Solar Powered Lights

1 Seaplane Float

2.7m by 13.7m

1 Derrick

3 Ton = 2700kg

2 Floats

4.3m by 36.6m and 2.7 by 12.2m

False Bay

Hartley Bay

 

Hartley Bay is located at the mouth of Douglas Channel, about 630 kilometers north of Vancouver and 145 kilometers south of Prince Rupert. The facility is adjacent to the Gitga'at Nation Reserve Land.

Facilities

1 Registered seaplane float

12.2m by 18.3m

1 Gangway

1.2m by 13.4m

1 Floating breakwater

Hartley Bay

Kingcome Inlet

 

Kingcome Inlet is located on the central coast region of British Columbia and is adjacent to the village site of the Dzawada'enuxw community. There is no road access.

Facilities

1 Seaplane float

8.4m by 15.5m and 4.3m by 19.3m

3 Boomsticks, 1 shear boom

Metal shed

8.4m by 15.5m

1 small derrick

Kingcome Inlet

Klemtu

 

Klemtu is located approximately 219 kilometers north of Port Hardy on Swindle Island in the coastal fjords with a deep water port.

Facilities

1 Approach

4.0m by 11.6m

1 Wharf with concrete deck

11.9m by 62.5m

1 Derrick

3 ton = 2,700kg

1 Private float and gangway attached to wharf

*Shed with red roof has been removed in 2014

Klemtu

Kyuquot

 

Kyuquot is located on Walters Island off Northern Vancouver Island and is only accessible by air and water.

Facilities

1 Approach

3.7m by 99.1m

1 Wharfhead

15.2m by 30.5m

2 Floats

3.7m by 51.8m and 2.7m by 52.1m

2 Gangways

1.5m by 11.0m and 1.2m by 11.0m

1 Seaplane float

2.7m by 18.3m

1 Metal shed

1.9m by 12.2m

1 Derrick

3 ton = 2,700kg

Kyuquot

Owikeno (Rivers Inlet)

 

Owikeno (Rivers Inlet) is located about 65 kilometers north of the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Facilities

1 Wharf

18.3m by 18.3m

1 Approach

30.3m by 6.3m

1 Gangway

1.2m by 12.2m

1 Float

3.0m by 12.2m

1 Registered Seaplane Float

3.0m by 13.7m

1 Metal Freight Shed

1 Derrick

3 ton = 2,700kg

Rivers Inlet

Quatsino

 

Quatsino is a western island off Northern Vancouver Island.

Facilities

1 Approach

1 Wharf

2 Floats

2.7m by 16.5m and 4.3m by 31.1m

1 Shed

3.0m by 3.0m

1 Derrick

3 ton = 2,700kg

1 Gangway

1.5m by 11.0m

4 Standard Lamps

Quatsino

Sandspit

 

Sandspit is located on the northeast side of Moresby Island off the north coast of British Columbia and is approximately 154 kilometers southwest of Prince Rupert.

Facilities

1 Concrete boat launch

3.7m by 91.4m, unusable

1 Approach

7.3m by 83.8m

1 Wharf

39.6m by 21.3m


Sandspit
Photo taken in 2009

Sandspit
Photo taken in 2013 - facility was fenced off and closed to vehicles and pedestrians

**Note: The port facilities have been transferred.

Transport Canada reserves the right to change the number of port facilities available as the Program evolves.

Please contact the regional port manager in your area to confirm the availability of a port facility in your area.

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