Toronto Port Authority (TPA) Board
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is a federal public authority that regulates navigation within the harbour and provides transportation, distribution and storage container services to businesses. The TPA owns and operates the Toronto City Centre Airport, Marine Terminals 51 and 52 and the Outer Harbour Marina.
The Port Authority is governed by the Canada Marine Act.
The board of directors is responsible for the management of the activities of the Port Authority and for regulating navigation within the harbour.
Term of office
Under the Canada Marine Act, directors are appointed to hold office for such term of not more than three years as will ensure as far as possible the expiration in any one year of the terms of office of not more than one half of the directors. Terms are renewable twice only, and a director shall serve no more than nine consecutive years on the board.
Currently, the term of the one Toronto resident appointed by City Council is three years.
Section 14 (1) of the Canada Marine Act states that the directors of a port authority shall be appointed as follows:
- the Governor in Council appoints one individual nominated by the Minister
- the municipalities mentioned in the letters patent appoint one individual
- the province or provinces mentioned in the letters patent appoint one or two individuals as mentioned in the letters patent
- the Governor in Council appoints the remaining individuals nominated by the Minister in consultation with users selected by the Minister or the classes of users mentioned in the letters patent
Under the Act, 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.
The board usually meets once a month or at the call of the Chair.