Large Ship at the PortThe 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.

In 2019, approximately 2.3 million metric tonnes of cargo passed through the Port of Toronto, marking the highest recorded cargo levels in 15 years.  In addition, the Port saw a record year in cruise ship activity as the number of cruise ships visiting Toronto more than doubled in 2019. This record year in both marine imports and cruise ship activity highlights the important role the Port plays in Toronto’s economic infrastructure.

The number of ships visiting the Port of Toronto increased by nearly 20 per cent, with 213 ships visiting the Port of Toronto in 2019 versus 179 ships in 2018.  Overall, the Port moved 2,297,029 metric tonnes of cargo, bringing road salt, sugar, cement, aggregate and steel directly into the city’s core. With the Greater Toronto Area’s construction industry showing no signs of slowing down, cement cargo imports increased by close to ten per cent with more than 656,000 metric tonnes delivered through the Port of Toronto last year. The Port also recorded the highest salt cargo levels in nearly 15 years with more than 876,000 metric tonnes imported, while sugar cargo imports from Central and South America remained consistent with 2018 levels at approximately 572,000 metric tonnes. In addition, the Port saw steel products such as rebar, steel coils, steel plate, beam and mesh totalling more than 44,000 metric tonnes and recorded approximately 14,000 metric tonnes in warehousing storage.
 
In 2019, the Port of Toronto welcomed approximately 12,000 visitors to the city via 36 cruise ships, highlighting the importance of the ever-growing Great Lakes cruise ship business and the role it plays in contributing to the city’s record-breaking tourism industry.

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, attracting several long-term leases.

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.

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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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PortsToronto is responsible for keeping the Toronto Harbour safe and navigable. See Boater’s Notices about everything from swimming in the harbour to obtaining permission for a marine event.

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A Power Vessel Operator’s Permit is required to operate a powered vessel in the Port and Harbour of Toronto.

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