Transport Canada transfers management of Burlington Canal Piers to Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority

News release

June 28, 2022            Burlington, ON            Transport Canada

New management of port facilities can help Canada’s ports thrive and create jobs. It can also expand or improve these facilities for new uses that benefit local communities.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development, the Honourable Karina Gould, announced that Transport Canada is transferring management of the Burlington Canal Piers to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority on July 2, 2022.

Transport Canada currently manages the Burlington Canal Piers, consisting of the north-east and south piers at the Burlington Canal, which runs along the Lake Ontario shore between Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario.

Located at the entry of the Hamilton Harbour, the Piers are an important access point for ships to enter and exit the Port of Hamilton. They are also a popular community site, with connections to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Transport Canada has been working closely with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority, the City of Burlington, and the City of Hamilton, on the future of the Burlington Canal Piers.

In managing the Burlington Canal Piers, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority will carry on Transport Canada’s commitment for a marine system that is responsive to both the needs of users and the local community.


“While Transport Canada manages a variety of marine facilities, sometimes it is better for a community to manage the local asset. I’m confident the Hamilton–Oshawa Port Authority will maintain the high standards of safety and security while ensuring the Burlington Canal Piers are more responsive to community needs.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

"For years, the lift bridge piers have been a favourite place for Burlington and Hamilton residents to connect with the water and with nature. The transfer of the piers to the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority will ensure they remain open and accessible to the public while ensuring public safety. I am so glad that the piers will reopen and that the public will be able to continue to enjoy them for years to come."

The Honourable Karina Gould
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Bringing the canal piers into local control allows us to move forward as partners to improve these spaces for public use. HOPA is pleased to be part of the solution, and today's partnership is a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together. The piers need to be safe, and that's going to be our focus over the next year. We are also working with the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington to develop a lease arrangement that will see them invest in recreational enhancements and open the piers for public use. There's nowhere better in the Hamilton-Burlington area to watch a big ship come into the Harbour, and we're thrilled that residents of Hamilton and Burlington will be able to enjoy that experience for many years to come.”

Ian Hamilton
President & CEO, HOPA Ports

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Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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