B.C.’s diverse economic sectors — including trade, tourism, natural resources, agrifoods and manufacturing — depend on a world-class transportation system.
Cargo transport relies on efficient connections between manufacturers, container and bulk ships, trains, trucks and airplanes to reach global markets.
B.C. is well positioned to welcome and support trade. The B.C. government is committed to continually improving western trade corridors and supporting commercial truck drivers, as well as making smart investments in infrastructure that will help importers and exporters get goods to market, quickly and efficiently.
A snapshot of B.C.’s trade sector:
- In 2018, B.C.'s world-class transportation network allowed for $142.1 billion in exports and imports to be transported through B.C.:
- $76 billion worth of goods by ship;
- $39.8 billion worth of goods by road;
- $9.7 billion by rail;
- $9.3 billion by air; and
- $7.3 billion by other modes.
- The ministry is leading a study in partnership with the federal government and private partners to analyze infrastructure in conjunction with commodity trade growth.
- Government continues to work closely with other provinces, the Government of Canada, the Port of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, CN, CP and other industry partners to take advantage of B.C.’s strategic location at the crossroads of the North American marketplace and the economies of Asia.
- The ministry is working with stakeholders in the trade sector to reduce air emissions that affect air quality and contribute to climate change.
- Government and industry leaders are working together to analyze the future needs of the labour force and ensure all current and future workers have the skills to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the transportation sector.
In response to increasing container traffic at B.C. ports, the B.C. government has partnered with Canada, the ports, local governments and the private sector on projects that support economic activity. For example:
- Government continues to move forward with a major $245-million roadway upgrade in Delta. Through a partnership with Government of B.C., Government of Canada, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Tsawwassen First Nations, the Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way Upgrade Project is a combination of improvements to upgrade safety and efficiency along the Hwy 91 Connector and Deltaport Way.
- The B.C. government is partnering on a major project with the Government of Canada and the Township of Langley to invest a further $235.5 million to widen Highway 1 another 10 kilometers between 216th and 264th streets. The project will add a new HOV lane in each direction, reconfiguring the 232nd Street interchange and adding a new underpass at Glover Road and the CP Rail crossing.
Keeping people and goods moving:
- Cargo volumes will continue to grow over the next 10 to 20 years as Canada’s commodity exports and container traffic are expected to significantly increase.
- The Province is delivering relief for Lower Mainland container truck drivers by expediting tougher enforcement and taking steps to improve the rate structure.
- In 2018, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) carried over 25.9 million passengers — a 7.3% increase over 2017, reaching its 25 million passenger milestone two years ahead of forecast.
- In 2018, YVR moved 338,000 tonnes of cargo — an 8.1% increase from 2017.