About Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit society in February 2002, and began operating its four port facilities, divested from Transport Canada, in April 2002. Acting as an advocate for the harbour, the GVHA is working to improve its function as a working harbour, and a marine transportation centre with a strong focus on tourism.
GVHA is a society registered with the Province of British Columbia and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority are governed under the Society Act of British Columbia.
GVHA's Board is comprised of Directors representing the its member agencies and organizations (Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, Provincial Capital Commission, City of Victoria, Township of Esquimalt, the Victoria/Esquimalt Harbour Society, Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Capital Regional district) and four community directors.
GVHA is passionate about the power of the harbour to act as a catalyst for Victoria to fulfill its destiny as one of the most outstanding harbours in the world. We have a responsibility to value the water connection, to make the harbour alive, accessible and dynamic!
We envision a harbour where people live, learn, work, and play; a spectacular gateway into Victoria's past and into its future, monumental in look and feel, linking communities and all people together.
To be effective and respected advocates for best water, marine and marine‐related use and development of the whole harbour while optimizing current and future harbour assets.
GVHA’s actions and decisions will be guided by the following principles:
We commit to act in the best interests of Victoria Harbour on behalf of GVHA’s Member Agencies, their stakeholders and the citizens of the region.
2. Working Harbour
We commit to maintaining Victoria Harbour as a working harbour – “where commerce requiring the connection between the land and water takes place”.
We commit to incorporating and balancing the social, environmental and economic impacts of our activities on Victoria Harbour and the community.
4. First Nations Relationship
We commit to working in partnership with the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations to achieve a meaningful role for them in the economy of Victoria Harbour.