Feds approve major expansion B.C. container port despite environmental, labour opposition

The federal government has given the OK to a major new container terminal on Canada's West Coast.

It says Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in Delta will open up Canada's throttled marine supply chain and promises environmental concerns will be addressed.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the expanded terminal will increase capacity by up to 60 per cent. Canada's largest port, the Port of Vancouver, is the lead agency.

"More than $275 billion of trade passes through the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority every year. Canada's Pacific Gateway is the country's most important trade corridor," Wilkinson said.

"By the early 2030s, our ports are forecast to be approaching capacity, and we will be unable to meet forecasted demand. So now is the time to be planning ahead."...

This was excerpted from the 20 April 2023 edition of CBC News