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Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI) strengthens Canada’s competitive position in international commerce because its world-class marine, rail, road and air infrastructure presents the shortest distance between North America and Asia.

Deciding how to invest in APGCI transportation infrastructure includes considering the environment. The APGCI public and private partners invest in initiatives that will help Canada move goods in ways that will use less fuel, reduce traffic congestion, produce fewer emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, and improve air quality.

Environmental Initiatives

Government of Canada Initiatives

Shore Power Technology for Ports

The Shore Power Technology for Ports (SPTP) program is part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to limit emissions in the Canadian transportation sector and improve air quality. The SPTP program will provide cost-shared funding for the deployment of marine shore power technology at Canadian ports; this technology allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel instead of using their auxiliary diesel engines when docked.

For more information on the SPTP program please consult the SPTP website.

Short Sea Shipping Projects in B.C.

Shortsea shipping makes moving international trade through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway more efficient. These projects aim to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and reduce noise pollution. The five shortsea shipping projects are:

  • Fraser River Shuttle
  • Mountain View Apex Container Terminal
  • Deltaport Shortsea Berth
  • Southern Railway of B.C. Barge Ramp
  • Vanterm Shortsea Berth

Traffic Management Centre and Smart Corridors Strategy

The Traffic Management Centre, based in the Lower Mainland of B.C., is an excellent example of how the APGCI is advancing Intelligent Transportation Systems to:

  • improve traffic flows;
  • reduce emissions; and
  • improve quality of life in communities through which increasing trade volumes move.

Public and Private Initiatives

Canadian Pacific Railway: Anti-idling Technology

Canadian Pacific offers clean, efficient and reliable rail service. Installing anti-idling devices in over 80 per cent of its locomotive fleet has reduced emissions; stop/start fuel-saving devices have reduced fuel consumption by 40 million litres a year.

Provincial Programs and Initiatives

British Colombia: California MOU on Cimate Action

The Memorandum of Understanding on Pacific Coast Collaboration to Protect Our Shared Climate and Ocean commits B.C. and California to work together to:

  • cap and trade greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • develop and use clean technologies.

Environmental Standards and Regulations

Government of Canada Regulations

Canada Marine Act

The Canada Marine Act ensures greater efficiency in the marine transportation sector.

Canada Shipping Act, 2001

The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 protects the marine environment from damage linked to shipping activities.

Canada’s Railway Safety Act

The Railway Safety Act regulates railways operating in Canada to ensure the safety and protection of the public, personnel, property and environment.

Canada’s Aeronautics Act

The Aeronautics Act ensures safe, efficient and environmentally responsible aeronautical activities.

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act gives the government the authority to make regulations to set emission standards for new on-road and off-road vehicles and engines, as well as the quality of fuel produced, imported and sold in Canada.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 1999

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act requires that all federally funded infrastructure projects on federal lands and/or projects needing certain federal approvals do not cause adverse environmental effects.

Moving Forward

Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative will continue to build on early progress and follow the direction already established. Our success will help ensure a strong Canada and a strong economy for future generations.

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