Ports workers contribute $4.3 billion to GDP, employers group says

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Canada’s private sector maritime employers and operators contribute $4.3 billion annually to the national GDP and over $8.5 billion in economic output.

That’s according to a national economic impact study released this week by the National Maritime Group, a coalition of private sector maritime employers and operators from coast to coast and through the St. Lawrence.

The Economic Impact Study confirmed that more than 213,000 jobs at Canada’s ports depend on coalition member operations. The 14,810 workers directly employed by the group earn close to $1.6 billion in direct wages and other income.

The group also contributes over $1 billion in tax revenues annually to all levels of government including Canadian port authority fees and land lease payments.

The National Maritime Group and its members are in Ottawa this week, speaking to policy makers and government officials on the importance of the sector and will continue to advocate on behalf of its members. This group includes executives from the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA), Maritime Employers Association (MEA), Halifax Employers Association (HEA) and the Port of Saint John Employers Association (PSJEA).

Canada’s maritime employers and operators play a key role in ensuring vital consumer goods make their way to Canadians and crucial Canadian exports like lumber, agriculture and critical minerals make their way around the world,” said co-executive director Rob MacKay-Dunn.

“Our engagement efforts are important to ensure that private sector maritime organizations operating in Canada have a voice at the decision making table. It is essential for us to work in partnership with government to maintain and improve competitiveness and resilience of our supply chain, in the best interest of all Canadians,” said co-executive director Isabelle Pelletier.