The Shipping Federation of Canada, incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1903, is the national association that represents the owners, operators and agents of the ocean ships that carry Canada’s exports and imports to and from world markets. Our member companies are involved in all sectors of the shipping industry –  including dry bulk, liquid bulk, container and cruise – and operate at ports across the country.

Our association’s key activities are to provide advocacy for the international shipping industry; offer operational support to our membership; disseminate relevant information to members, governments and the general public; and provide training to members and other industry stakeholders. Our overall objective is to work towards a safe, efficient, competitive, environmentally sustainable and quality-oriented marine transportation system.

Our day-to-day activities are carried out by our permanent staff, while strategic directions and policy decisions are made by our board of directors, which is composed of senior executives from member companies. We have a number of issue-driven standing committees that address specific and ongoing issues of interest, as well as five district committees (in Newfoundland-Labrador, Nova Scotia, the Quebec North Shore, Ontario and British Columbia) that address local issues and provide the board with a regional perspective.