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PortsToronto is a federal public authority that regulates navigation within the harbour and provides transportation, distribution and storage container services to businesses. PortsToronto owns and operates the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Marine Terminals 51 and 52 and the Outer Harbour Marina.

PortsToronto is governed by the Canada Marine ActOpens in new window.

Board responsibilities

The board is responsible for the management of PortsToronto's activities and for regulating navigation within the harbour.

Term of office

Under the Canada Marine Act, directors are appointed to hold office for a term of not more than three years provided that not more than half of the directors' terms expire in the same year. Terms are renewable twice only, and a director shall serve no more than nine consecutive years on the board.


The board is composed of:

  • 9 citizen members, 1 of whom is appointed by the City of Toronto

The Act provides that if the City's position on the board remains vacant for more than one year, the Governor in Council may appoint a director who has been nominated by the Minister of Transport.


Section 16 of the Canada Marine Act contains specific eligibility requirements for directors of a port authority. If the City appoints an individual who is deemed to contravene the eligibility requirements set out in the Act, the Minister may nullify the City's appointment.

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, the City's public member should possess:

  • recognized experience in one of the following areas: the transportation industry, the business community or legal
  • an understanding of the City's interests


The board usually meets once a month or at the call of the chair.


Remuneration is set and paid by PortsToronto.

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The current and historical Appointments for this body.

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Thank you for your interest. City Council appointed 1 member to the board at its March 2024 meeting. Applications are always being accepted for future vacancies and will be kept on file for two years from the date submitted.