Proposed Centerm Expansion Project

Centerm is an existing container terminal operated by DP World Vancouver on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour, and located on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. It is one of three primary container handling terminals in the Port of Vancouver and handles approximately one-fifth of the goods shipped in containers through the port.

About the project

The Centerm Expansion Project is a proposed series of improvements to Centerm container terminal and off-terminal road and rail. Subject to regulatory approvals, the project would increase the maximum number of containers by two-thirds that can be handled at Centerm, from 900,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers) to 1.5 million TEUs. The project would include an increase to the terminal footprint by 15 percent, reconfiguration of the terminal, and improvements to off-terminal road and rail adjacent to Centerm to increase the capacity of the terminal by 67 per cent and increase efficiency and access along the south shore port area of Vancouver’s inner harbour. More information about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project please visit

Consultation and engagement

Consultation and engagement regarding the project to-date has included the following:

  • A preliminary comment period regarding the scope of technical and environmental studies for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project was held in January and February 2016. As part of the comment period, a discussion guide and feedback form was available to meeting participants and posted online. A report summarizing feedback received and a consideration report, which documents the proposed Centerm Expansion Project team’s responses to feedback, are available at portvancouver.com/centermexpansion.
  • During August 2016, the Centerm Expansion Project team hosted three drop-in events in the project area to provide an opportunity for members of the community to talk to the project team and learn more about the proposed project.
  • The Project team also consulted and engaged stakeholders, local governments and Aboriginal groups during the preliminary phase.

There will be further opportunities for public consultation, and consultation with Aboriginal groups, stakeholders and local government, as the project proceeds through the Project and Environmental Review Process.

If you would like to receive regular updates about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project, please email us at centermexpansion@portvancouver.com or subscribe to our mailing list.

For more information about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project please visit portvancouver.com/centermexpansion.



Centerm is an existing container terminal operated by DP World Vancouver on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour, and located on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. It is one of three primary container handling terminals in the Port of Vancouver and handles approximately one-fifth of the goods shipped in containers through the port.

About the project

The Centerm Expansion Project is a proposed series of improvements to Centerm container terminal and off-terminal road and rail. Subject to regulatory approvals, the project would increase the maximum number of containers by two-thirds that can be handled at Centerm, from 900,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers) to 1.5 million TEUs. The project would include an increase to the terminal footprint by 15 percent, reconfiguration of the terminal, and improvements to off-terminal road and rail adjacent to Centerm to increase the capacity of the terminal by 67 per cent and increase efficiency and access along the south shore port area of Vancouver’s inner harbour. More information about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project please visit

Consultation and engagement

Consultation and engagement regarding the project to-date has included the following:

  • A preliminary comment period regarding the scope of technical and environmental studies for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project was held in January and February 2016. As part of the comment period, a discussion guide and feedback form was available to meeting participants and posted online. A report summarizing feedback received and a consideration report, which documents the proposed Centerm Expansion Project team’s responses to feedback, are available at portvancouver.com/centermexpansion.
  • During August 2016, the Centerm Expansion Project team hosted three drop-in events in the project area to provide an opportunity for members of the community to talk to the project team and learn more about the proposed project.
  • The Project team also consulted and engaged stakeholders, local governments and Aboriginal groups during the preliminary phase.

There will be further opportunities for public consultation, and consultation with Aboriginal groups, stakeholders and local government, as the project proceeds through the Project and Environmental Review Process.

If you would like to receive regular updates about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project, please email us at centermexpansion@portvancouver.com or subscribe to our mailing list.

For more information about the proposed Centerm Expansion Project please visit portvancouver.com/centermexpansion.



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  • Why is the Centerm Terminal expansion necessary?
    Tam asked 3 months ago

    Trade of goods shipped in containers through Canada’s west coast is increasing. Third-party international consulting firm Ocean Shipping Consultants is forecasting that container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway will increase by nearly three million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) containers by 2030 (view the report).