Port Programs

The Port Programs Directorate of Transport Canada is responsible for:

  • Transferring regional/local ports to other federal departments, provincial governments, and local interests, including municipalities
  • Functional guidance and support to Transport Canada regional staff on port related issues to ensure national consistency
  • Functions related to ministerial appointments of Harbour Masters and Wharfingers
  • Technical reviews of proposed capital and maintenance projects
  • Authority management and real property responsibilities to ensure Canada Port Authority (CPA) compliance with the Canada Marine Act and Letters Patent
  • Guiding Canada Port Authority real property transactions through the approval process, issuing Supplementary Letters Patent, and managing litigation involving real property issues
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