PortsToronto Trash Trapping Program

Feb 26, 2024
The PortsToronto Trash Trapping Program employs trash trapping technology and solutions-based research to tackle plastic pollution and protect Toronto’s waters for future generations.

Making Access to Billy Bishop Airport Electric

Nov 07, 2023

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is Canada’s ninth-busiest airport, and fifth-busiest offering service to the United States. PortsToronto owns and operates YTZ, while Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners owns and operates the airport’s passenger terminal. Located a short walk from downtown, YTZ represents a unique offering for residents and visitors to Canada’s largest city, making it easier for business and leisure travelers to access the vibrant heart of Toronto.

Spotlight: Black Aviation Professionals Network

Jan 27, 2023
In February 2023, Billy Bishop Airport is partnering with the Black Aviation Professionals Network (BAPN) – a non-profit organization that aims to encourage and promote Black talent in the field of aviation and aerospace within Canada.

PortsToronto Goes OFF Limits with the Canadian Association for Girls in Science and the Marilyn Bell I Electric Ferry

Aug 30, 2022
PortsToronto was honoured to welcome Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) scientist Dr. Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko to the Port of Toronto for an episode of its inspiring OFF Limits video series. Launched this summer to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary, the series takes viewers behind-the-scenes to exciting locations with inspiring STEM role models.

We sat down with Dr. Larissa to talk about her experience leading CAGIS over the past 30 years, and what she learned from her visit to the Port of Toronto.

Maanjidowin: The Gathering

May 04, 2022
The Maanjidowin sculpture, which sits at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the dock wall overlooking the Western Gap, was commissioned by PortsToronto in recognition of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and their relationship to the land, air and water on which Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport now operates. The sculpture features three mythical fishers – Mukwa-kwe (Bear), Nigig-kwe (Otter) and Migizi-kwe (Eagle) – who have come to the estuaries and islands along Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline to fish.
The sculpture was created by David M. General, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan of the Six Nations, who is known for blending Indigenous and modernist styles and typically working with stone.

Grand Trees at the Outer Harbour Marina

Jun 07, 2021
Our very own Outer Harbour Marina was recently the happy recipient of a tree and shrub planting initiative coordinated through a partnership between PortsToronto, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Grand Trees - an organization founded by grandparents concerned about the effect of previous generations’ neglect of the environment on their children and grandchildren.

Beaver Hat Ceremony

Apr 07, 2021
A sure sign of spring in Toronto: A 160-year-old tradition at the Port of Toronto continues with the Beaver Hat Ceremony.

Dredging Season Begins in Toronto’s Keating Channel

Sep 24, 2018
PortsToronto will be hard at work over the next twelve weeks dredging thousands of tonnes of sediment which has built up where the Don River empties into the Keating Channel. The annual process, which involves scooping material from the bottom of the channel using a barge and excavator, is imperative to prevent siltation and debris from spilling into the harbour.  Further, a build-up could cause the river to back up and result in flooding.

Crosslake Fibre Completes Installation of Submarine Fibre Optic Cable

Sep 10, 2018
On August 24, PortsToronto was pleased to host Crosslake Fibre as they celebrated the completion of a submarine fibre optic cable bridging Lake Ontario between Toronto and Buffalo, New York. While submarine cables have existed for hundreds of years, and dozens run across our oceans, Crosslake Fibre’s project is a first in the Great Lakes and provides critical telecommunications infrastructure for our region.

200 Harbour Tour Boat Crew and Officers Join PortsToronto to Prepare for a Safe Summer on the Water at Marine Safety Day

May 15, 2018
As part of a spring safety tradition at PortsToronto, approximately 200 crew and officers who will be working aboard the summer tour boats that operate in Toronto’s Harbour received hands-on emergency preparedness training at Marine Safety Day. This annual training is hosted with Toronto Marine Emergency Response Council partners, and ensures that tour boat crew and officers are equipped with the valuable skills required to deal with any emergency situation, should one arise.

PortsToronto Releases its Third Annual Sustainability Report

Mar 01, 2018
On March 1, 2018, PortsToronto released its third annual Sustainability Report, an important document that we provide to our stakeholders, government partners and community to report on our initiatives and progress with regard to conducting our businesses in a sustainable manner.

PortsToronto 2017 Noise Management Report for Billy Bishop Airport Available Online

Feb 21, 2018
The 2017 Noise Management Report for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has been released and reflects an increase in complaints year-over-year but an overall 43% decrease in complaints since 2013. The report compiles all noise data submitted to the airport’s Noise Management Office over the course of the year and highlights the airport’s noise-mitigation efforts which include investments in infrastructure and policies to reduce noise.

Connecting to Love

Feb 14, 2018
An airport is a gateway to destinations near and far, but for Casey Yeung and Howard Yeung, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is what kept them connected, even when their lives were far apart.

PortsToronto Commences Dredging Activities

Oct 04, 2017
PortsToronto is in the process of removing up to 40,000 tons of debris and sediment from the mouth of the Don River, with the goal of preventing future flooding and stemming the flow of unwanted material into Toronto’s Harbour which can pose a risk to boater navigation and public safety.

PortsToronto’s Bees Wrap Up Another Buzz-y Season

Sep 13, 2017
The PortsToronto bees are wrapping up another great season harvesting honey in the harbour! This week, more than 40 kg of honey made by 200,000 hardworking bees was harvested from the hives as the summer comes to a close.

Thousands Join PortsToronto for Sail-In Cinema’s™ on Toronto’s Waterfront

Aug 28, 2017
Despite stormy weather that postponed the kick-off of PortsToronto’s seventh annual Sail-in Cinema, more than 11,500 movie fans came to Sugar Beach – by land and boat – for the three-day event. From August 18 to August 20, audiences enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Edward Scissorhands on a four-storey, two-sided, floating screen anchored to a barge in Lake Ontario.

Visitors Get Behind the Scenes at Billy Bishop Airport

May 27, 2017
On May 27, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport welcomed more than 6,500 visitors through its doors to tour the airport as part of Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf. This marks the second year that Billy Bishop Airport participated in the city-wide event showcasing Toronto’s buildings, heritage, culture and architecture.

Billy Bishop Airport joins Southern Ontario Airport Network as Air Travel Demand Grows

May 10, 2017
With the demand for air travel in southern Ontario expected to reach approximately 110 million passengers by 2043, Billy Bishop Airport has joined ten of the region’s most commercially significant airports to launch the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN) to ensure this growing demand is supported.
Goals of the SOAN include:

New Ground Run-up Enclosure is Officially Open at Billy Bishop Airport

Apr 19, 2017
On April 19, PortsToronto officially opened its Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport) with The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport in attendance. The new three-sided, open-top facility will accommodate commercial aircraft at the airport and is designed to dampen the noise associated with high-power aircraft engine ground run-up operations.

PortsToronto Celebrates the Arrival of the First Ship of the Season with the 156th Annual Beaver Hat Ceremony

Apr 04, 2017
The arrival of the MV Brant this week marked the beginning of the 2017 navigation season at the Port of Toronto. As the first ocean-going ship into the Port, the MV Brant and its crew took part in the 156th annual Beaver Hat Ceremony.The Beaver Hat Ceremony has a rich history with the Port of Toronto. Every year since 1861, PortsToronto’s Harbour Master has “crowned” the captain of the first ship into the Port with a century-old silk and beaver top hat.

Skytrax World Airport Awards Ranks Billy Bishop Airport One of North America’s Best

Mar 15, 2017
On March 14, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was recognized as one of the best airports in North America at the Skytrax World Airport Awards in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The airport was ranked the ninth best regional airport in North America, making it one of only two regional airports in Canada to be recognized in the category. This is the fourth year the airport has received this award. This year, Billy Bishop Airport was also ranked the ninth best airport globally in the under 5 million passenger category.

Billy Bishop Airport Named Best Airport in North America

Mar 06, 2017
On March 6, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport was named Best Airport in North America (over two million passenger category) by Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards. Billy Bishop Airport was also named Best Airport in North America (2-5 million passenger category) and tied for second place for Best Airport in the World (2-5 million passenger category).

PortsToronto Releases its Second Annual Sustainability Report

Feb 23, 2017
On February 23, 2017, PortsToronto released its second annual Sustainability Report, which provides an overview of our organization’s focus on sustainable initiatives and practices that protect the environment, invest in the community and grow Toronto’s economy.

Step back in time at PortsToronto’s historical photo exhibit

Feb 14, 2017
The Making Connections to Toronto’s Waterfront – A Historical Retrospective photo exhibit will next be installed in the lobby of the CN Tower from December 16, 2016, to March 31, 2017.  This will be the fifth time the exhibit has been installed in the downtown core with Brookfield Place, Adelaide Centre, 18 Bremner and WaterPark Place all hosting the exhibit in the past.

Make your holiday travel easy at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Dec 16, 2016
December is a busy time at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport as travellers head home to spend the holidays with their loved ones or take off on a winter escape. As the airport experiences increased passenger volumes, the following tips will help keep travellers in the holiday spirit:

PortsToronto Commences Dredging Activities

Sep 23, 2016
PortsToronto is in the process of removing up to 40,000 tons of debris and sediment from the mouth of the Don River, with the goal of preventing future flooding and stemming  the flow of unwanted material into Toronto’s Harbour which can pose a risk to boater navigation and public safety.


Celebrating Canadian Sports Hero Marilyn Bell

Sep 08, 2016
At 8:15 PM on September 9, 1954, an exhausted and nearly numb 16-year-old woman touched the breakwater at Toronto’s Boulevard Club on the seawall along Humber Bay.  After nearly 21 hours in freezing water battling five-metre waves, nausea, darkness and vampire-like lamprey eels, Marilyn Bell had done the impossible – she had swum 52 kilometres across Lake Ontario from New York State to Toronto.

De-icing at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Mar 01, 2016
With colder winter temperatures comes the need to  de-ice aircraft—a common safety precaution that involves spraying aircraft with de-icing and anti-icing fluids that help to prevent or remove the build-up of ice and snow, and ensure a safe take-off for aircraft.

Annual Ice and Cold Water Rescue Training

Feb 25, 2016
This week, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Fire Department held its annual joint ice and cold water rescue training alongside Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Police Services Marine Unit.

Cruising season sails to a close at Port of Toronto

Oct 26, 2015
The arrival of the MV Saint Laurent in October marked the close of another great cruising season at the Port of Toronto. Welcoming nearly 5,000 passengers on 13 cruise ships from around the world, PortsToronto saw cruise visits nearly double this year compared to 2014.

Making Connections to Toronto’s Waterfront – a Historical Retrospective

Jun 02, 2015
May 24 to June 7, join PortsToronto for our Making Connections to Toronto’s Waterfront – a Historical Retrospective photo exhibit at WaterPark Place (located at 10 Bay Street), which will showcase the incredible transformation that the city’s waterfront has undergone over the last century.

Billy Bishop Airport Firefighters Participate in Annual Aircraft Rescue Recertification

May 22, 2015
Each year Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport’s firefighters take part in intensive, hands-on aircraft rescue re-certification training at Toronto’s Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute. Throughout the re-certification training, the Fire Chief and all 18 members of the airport’s firefighting crew participate in simulated emergency scenarios customized to replicate the runway conditions, surrounding environment and aircraft commonly encountered at Billy Bishop Airport.

PortsToronto CEO Welcomes HMCS Toronto Commander to Billy Bishop Airport

Feb 09, 2015
On Sunday, February 8, PortsToronto CEO Geoffrey Wilson welcomed Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto, along with his Lieutenant Commander, Sheldon Gillis, and Chief Petty Officer First Class, Gilles Grégoire, to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The visit to the airport served as the company’s final stop in their namesake tour of Toronto following their ship’s return from a seven-month mission oversees in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. During his visit to Billy Bishop Airport, Commander Armstrong also took the helm of the airport’s Marilyn Bell ferry, expertly transporting passengers across the Western Gap.

The TPA’s Role in Shaping Toronto’s Waterfront

Jan 14, 2015
Toronto’s South Core is home to business headquarters, a thriving entertainment district and some of the most rapid development in North America today. It’s also a major transportation hub, with Union Station, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Toronto’s Harbour providing access for both people and products into the heart of the City, by rail, plane and boat. 

Toronto Port Authority Invests $150,000 in New Green Spaces for Downtown Schools

Nov 06, 2014
Over the next three years, a $150,000 investment made by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) in Evergreen's Children's Program will help turn six of Toronto's downtown school grounds into dynamic, outdoor classrooms where kids can re-connect with and learn about nature and, most importantly, play in the great outdoors.

TPA Plants Garden to Support the Monarch Butterfly

Sep 19, 2014
As part of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA)’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and preserve natural habitats, on September 19, 2014, the TPA planted a butterfly garden at the Outer Harbour Marina, consisting of nearly 100 milkweed plants to support the Monarch Butterfly.

Dog rescued from BBTCA ferry ramp finds a happy ending with ferry operator

Jun 04, 2014
On June 4, 2014, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) fire rescue crew responded to an unusual call for help at the mainland ferry terminal. Perched underneath the ferry ramp was a damp and frightened eight-month-old bullmastiff puppy. Using the Jaws of Life, the fire crew saved the pup—unharmed, but shaken.

Digging Up History

Apr 16, 2014
In 2012 work began on a pedestrian tunnel to link Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) to the mainland. But this wouldn’t be the first time that a tunnel of this sort was undertaken. The difference this time was that steam power would not be used to till the soil adjacent to the Western Gap.