The Port of Toronto, one of Canada's largest major inland ports, is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario. Its location at the doorstep of downtown Toronto provides access to 25 per cent of Canada’s population and is no more than 1300 km from many of North America’s largest cities. Port users take advantage of this unique proximity and transportation services of marine, rail and major highways.
In 2016, more than 1.8 million tonnes of cargo passed through the Port of Toronto. 159 ships visited the Port of Toronto in 2016, bringing sugar, road salt, cement and aggregate directly into the heart of the city. At 1,874,035 metric tonnes, overall port tonnage was up more than 14 per cent in 2016 with cement cargo reaching a twenty-year high at more than 690,000 metric tonnes — representing a 17 per cent increase from 2015. Stone, aggregate and sand cargo levels nearly tripled totalling 166,207 tonnes, while salt imports increased by four per cent. Sugar imports continued to be strong with more than 515,000 tonnes of raw sugar delivered via the port.
The Port and Harbour of Toronto attend to nearly 10,000 recreational boaters; the largest harbour tour fleet in North America; city and airport ferries; visiting cruise ships; and 220 metre-long lakers which are continuously delivering cargo throughout the year.
PortsToronto maintains a paved facility of over 50 acres (20 hectares) located adjacent to downtown Toronto. The yard provides convenience, with excellent access to the railroads, as well as all major highways. This facility is fully bonded, has 24-hour security, and is an ISPS Code Facility.
The Port of Toronto's marine terminals include inside and outside storage, and some 1,800 metres of berthing space for ships carrying general cargo. All berths are in excess of Seaway depth (27 feet or 8.2 metres).
Additional public and private berths are available around the Port for loading and unloading of bulk materials. The Port of Toronto is operated by PortsToronto, with the marine terminals operated in partnership with Logistec Inc.
PortsToronto was established for the purpose of operating the Port of Toronto, one of Canada's major commercial ports. The Port Authority possesses legislated responsibility for all its port activities related to shipping, navigation, transportation of passengers and goods, and the handling and storage of cargo. It owns and operates the Billy Bishop Airport, the Port of Toronto (consisting of Marine Terminal 51, Warehouse 52 and the Cruise Ship Terminal) and the Outer Harbour Marina.
PortsToronto is responsible for ensuring the safety and navigation of Toronto’s waterways for both recreational boating and commercial shipping to Canada’s biggest city. The Port has authority over the waters in the Harbour of Toronto. Click here to see a map of the Port Authority’s jurisdiction.
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The Port of Toronto, one of Canada's largest major inland ports, is situated on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario.
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A Power Vessel Operator’s Permit is required to operate a powered vessel in the Port and Harbour of Toronto.