The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is a government business enterprise that owns and operates the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and the Outer Harbour Marina.
The Port Authority is self-financing, as required under the Canada Marine Act (June 11, 1998). In addition to moving more than one million passengers through the airport each year, the Port Authority provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port and oversees one of the largest freshwater marinas in Canada.
Responsible for safety and efficiency of marine navigation in Toronto Harbour, the Port Authority provides regulatory control and public works services to the area, is responsible for environmental protection in the Harbour, issues permits to recreational boaters in the Toronto Harbour, and manages the Leslie Street Spit landfill site.
The Port Authority is the successor agency of the Toronto Harbour Commissioners (THC) which managed Toronto Harbour from 1911 to 1999. As part of a broad scheme of the federal government to modernize the administration of ports, operate ports in a business-like manner and divest itself of smaller ports, the TPA was set up in 1999 to operate the harbour and the airport. Today, the TPA is self-sufficient.
To effectively manage and operate Toronto’s outer and inner harbours; ensure that Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is responsive to demands of the flying public, and that the Port plays a vital role in the economic growth of the City of Toronto.
To be a vital, solution-oriented, Toronto-focused manager of key waterfront assets that is responsive to the City of Toronto, its people, and our common aspirations for a vibrant, diverse and prosperous community.