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Vancouver Harbour Commissioners

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Vancouver Harbour Commissioners

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  • Vancouver Harbour Commission
  • Harbour Commissioners of Vancouver
  • Board of Harbour Commissioners (Vancouver, B.C.)

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The Vancouver Harbour Commissioners was a board of the Canadian government established in May 1913 with the proclamation of the Vancouver Harbour Commissioners Act (Canada). The role of the Commissioners was to administer the infrastructure of the Port of Vancouver. The Commissioners had the power to regulate navigation in the port and operation of port facilities. The board oversaw federal investment in port infrastructure, including construction and operation of Ballantyne Pier, Lapointe Pier, the Canadian government grain terminal and elevators, and other federally-owned infrastructure. The Board set and levied fees and dues for the use of federally-owned infrastructure and on privately-owned operations in the port lands.

Throughout its existence, the board reported to the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (to 1929) and the Minister of Marine (1930-1936).

The board was replaced by the National Harbours Board in 1936.


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