The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) represents 49 maritime employers, such as marine terminal operators, ocean carriers and ship agents, across British Columbia. Historically known for labour relations and collective bargaining, the BCMEA are also experts in recruitment and training waterfront workers for the future, while prioritizing their health and safety alongside the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
Every day, Canadians depend on the nation’s West Coast ports to trade with the rest of the world. The findings of this study illustrate just how critical BC’s waterfront workforce is to the Canadian supply chain.
Paid annually by members in taxation revenues to all levels of government
Paid annually by members to federal Port Authorities in British Columbia
Private sector investments in 2020 in gateway infrastructure & expansion projects in BC
Contributed by BCMEA members in provincial GDP
Total economic output in 2020
Contributed in national GDP
Jobs across BC directly and indirectly supporting Canada’s West Coast ports
Workers employed in BC by BCMEA members
of Canada’s total traded goods handled by BCMEA members
worth of cargo handled in 2020 by BCMEA member terminals
worth of cargo handled each day by BCMEA member terminals