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COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of employees and passengers is our top priority. 

PHAC and CBSA are the lead government agencies responding at Canada's airports and ports, and are the best source of up to date information on COVID-19.

Like all Canadian Ports, the Port of Toronto is closely following Transport Canada guidelines for keeping employees and the marine community safe while moving goods safely and efficiently through our port.

Billy Bishop Airport remains open and operational to ensure access for services such as Ornge emergency medevac. Porter Airlines and Air Canada have temporarily suspended commercial operations at Billy Bishop Airport in order to support the need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 spread. Please check with the airlines to manage any travel arrangements currently booked for this time.

The complimentary shuttle bus between Billy Bishop Airport and Union Station has ceased operation until further notice. Signage has been put in place at all stops to advise passengers.

Until further notice, the airport ferry will reduce its operating hours. Updated hours are available here.

 

A sure sign of spring in Toronto: A 160-year-old tradition at the Port of Toronto continues with the Beaver Hat Ceremony

Since 1861, the Beaver Hat Ceremony has celebrated the arrival of the first ocean-vessel to reach the Port of Toronto. This year, the M/V Federal Hudson won this honour as it journeyed from Maceio, Brazil to the Port of Toronto to deliver 22,741 metric tonnes of cargo to Redpath Sugar’s refinery, marking the beginning of the 2021 shipping season.

Historically, the Captain of the first “saltie” or ocean-going vessel to arrive at the Port of Toronto is crowned by the Harbour Master with a 200-year-old beaver and silk top hat at the Beaver Hat Ceremony, a tradition that has spanned 160-years.

Appropriate precautions were taken to ensure that this longstanding tradition could safely take place. Captain Kumar participated in the ceremony from the bridge of the MV Federal Hudson while PortsToronto Manager of Harbour Operations, Michael Riehl, remained on the dock wall.

Early records show that the Port of Toronto’s first Harbour Master, Hugh Richardson, initiated the idea to entice ships to bring building materials into the harbour as early as possible each year, allowing Toronto—then a burgeoning city—to start its building season. The hat itself is also an object of lore. Legend has it that the beaver hat acted as a twenty-four hour key to the city for the captain who wore it, bringing about merriment and complimentary drinks wherever they went.

The Port of Toronto is one of Canada’s major inland ports and plays an important role in Canada’s transportation network and the Toronto economy, allowing for the delivery of salt and sugar, as well as concrete, sand and other goods needed to support the city’s booming construction industry, directly into the heart of the city.

Learn more about how the Port of Toronto serves as a gateway to the world, for both tourism and trade, here.
 

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PortsToronto to Remove Hazardous Structures from Leslie Street Spit

Unauthorized concrete, brick and rubble cycling structures will be removed between March 29 and April 6 in an effort to ensure a safe environment for all park users.

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2020 Noise Management Report for Billy Bishop Airport Now Available Online

The 2020 Noise Management Report for Billy Bishop Airport is now available online.

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2018 Noise Exposure Contour Report for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Now Available Online

The 2018 Noise Exposure Contour Report for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is now available online.

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