Prince Rupert: Canada’s northern gateway for Asia-North American trade

The port town of Prince Rupert serves as a hub for trade and transportation in B.C.'s northern region, with building permits more than doubling year-over-year

Western Investor
January 19, 2018

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B.C.’s northwest region of Prince Rupert and Port Edwards is home to one of northern B.C.’s biggest economic drivers – the Prince Rupert Port Authority. One in four jobs in Prince Rupert are linked to port activity, according to an InterVistas Consulting economic impact study, as reported on by Business in Vancouver. The report states that $35 billion worth of goods flowed in and out of the port’s terminals in 2016, generating $1 billion in economic activity, about one-quarter of which was wages for workers. Terminal expansion plans have led to record-levels of shipping volume of 24.1 million tonnes in 2017. Building permits in Prince Rupert have more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, while The District of Port Edward has a large inventory of developable commercial and residential land to address the expansion needs of industry and communities alike.


Tanya is Western Investor's web content and social media coordinator. She first joined the Western Investor team as a editorial assistant in 2016, after a summer spent freelancing at Glacier Media papers The Burnaby Now and New West Record. She is a graduate of Langara College's journalism program.
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