PortsToronto Releases 2021 Annual Report and Financial Statements

TORONTO, May 18, 2022 /CNW/ – PortsToronto today released its 2021 Audited Financial Statements, which report on the financial performance of business units and the organization overall during what was another challenging year due to the continued impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Although business units such as the marine Port of Toronto and the Outer Harbour Marina recorded strong financial results, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport experienced a second challenging year in 2021 due to the pandemic, with a significant decline in revenues due to the continued suspension of commercial air carrier service up until September 2021.

Overall, PortsToronto reported operating revenues of $39.7 million in 2021, an increase of $3.0 million over 2020 revenue of $36.7 million. In addition, PortsToronto had a net loss in 2021 of $8.9 million versus net loss of $12.6 million in 2020, an improvement of $3.7 million year-over-year.

In terms of business unit performance, the marine Port of Toronto experienced another strong year in 2021 and, for the fifth consecutive year, moved more than two million metric tonnes of bulk and general cargo products. The port and its activities reported operating income from all sources of $5.5 million, up from the year prior that recorded $4.4 million, which can be attributed to cargo handling and dues, port berthage and storage. There were 190 ship visits in 2021, bringing sugar, salt, cement, aggregate and steel directly to the heart of the city. Twenty-five ships brought in steel imports from around the world, representing an 18-year high.

The Port of Toronto also saw the arrival of three bridge spans from Nova Scotia via tug/barge for Waterfront Toronto’s Port Land Flood Protection project, and was critical in providing berthing for marine equipment in support of the new City of Toronto Ashbridge’s Bay Sewer Treatment Plant Outfall Project. While cargo shipments at the Port continued unabated, there was continued suspension of cruise ship activity in 2021 due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. The forecast for cruise ships is back on track for 2022, with forty cruise ships expected to arrive at the Port of Toronto.

Operations at the Outer Harbour Marina remained strong as recreational boating was in high demand during the pandemic, with the Marina at a 100% occupancy level. The Outer Harbour Marina’s operating income was $2.4 million in 2021 on revenues of $5.4 million.

Property and Other, including investments, reported operating income of $2.9 million in 2021, down from $4.4 million the year prior. Property and Other includes the rental of various properties along the waterfront as well as investment income earned on PortsToronto’s cash reserves, which dropped in 2021 versus 2020, due to lower interest rates.

Billy Bishop Airport had another challenging year in 2021 with the temporary cessation of scheduled carriers continuing up to the restart date for service on September 8, 2021. Operating income for Billy Bishop Airport was $5.0 million in 2021, up from $3.0 million in 2020 and down significantly from the $22.1 million recorded in 2019.

However, with scheduled carrier service having returned, it is anticipated that 2022 will see a dramatic recovery for Billy Bishop Airport. In fact, in April 2022, passenger volumes reached more than 100,000 passengers at Billy Bishop Airport, which is the highest number in a single month since the pandemic began. Further, this represented almost 45 per cent of April 2019 volumes. Pent-up demand for travel has also led to the introduction of new routes, including Porter Airlines’ new direct service to three important Atlantic Canada destinations, which began in spring 2022.

Despite the financial challenges presented and the operational impacts of the pandemic throughout 2021, PortsToronto paid $3.3 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILTs) to the City of Toronto in 2021, as well as paying $2.3 million in property taxes. The amounts accrued and paid to the federal government and to the City of Toronto together totalled $6.4 million for 2021, and $6.7 million for 2020, representing 16.2% and 18.2% of PortsToronto’s Operating Revenue in fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Audited Financial Statements for 2021 and are available on the PortsToronto website and within the 2021 Annual Report.

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“If the year 2020 was characterized by resilience, the year 2021 was the beginning of a recovery for PortsToronto and its business units as our local and national economies resumed and activity in many hard-hit sectors restarted. While much of the Canadian transportation sector experienced pandemic-related disruptions in 2021, shipping through the Great Lakes and the Port of Toronto continued to provide a reliable trade gateway to fuel our national supply chain. The Outer Harbour Marina also saw another strong year in 2021 with operations remaining consistent and summer berthing occupancy reaching 100 per cent,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto.

“In September 2021, we marked a return to commercial service at Billy Bishop Airport. Since this time, we have seen a steady increase in passenger numbers, and pent-up demand for travel has led to our air carriers adding new routes. An important component of Toronto’s recovery strategy, the restart of travel at Billy Bishop Airport has meant a return of jobs, a return of trade and tourism, and a return of a valuable gateway to Canada’s largest city. In 2022 and beyond, PortsToronto leadership will continue to drive the organization to a position of strong financial performance, so that we can continue to provide essential transportation and infrastructure that serves Toronto and the surrounding region, and supports overall economic recovery.”

Annual General Meeting

Due to ongoing considerations regarding group gatherings related to the pandemic, PortsToronto will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting online. The meeting will be held on June 27, 2022, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. Instructions for registering for the meeting will be forthcoming, with all details related to participation being posted to PortsToronto’s website in advance.

About PortsToronto

For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed approximately 2.8 million passengers in 2019; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a board with representation from all three levels of government.

Sculpture Recognizing the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Unveiled at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

16-foot granite sculpture entitled, Maanjidowin: The Gathering, commissioned by PortsToronto, and created by renowned Indigenous artist David M. General, installed along West Gap dock wall

TORONTO, May 4, 2022 /CNW/ – PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, today unveiled a large-scale granite and bronze sculpture to recognize the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and their relationship to the land, air and water on which the airport now operates. The sculpture was created by David M. General, Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan of the Six Nations, and was conceived and installed in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Artist David M. General with his sculpture, Maanjidowin: The Gathering. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)
Artist David M. General with his sculpture, Maanjidowin: The Gathering. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

Entitled Maanjidowin: The Gathering, the sculpture is more than 16-feet in length and features three mythical fishers – Makwa-Kwe (Bear), Nigig-Kwe (Otter) and Migizi-Kwe (Eagle) – who have come to the estuaries and islands along Toronto’s Lake Ontario shoreline to fish. The canoe in which the fishers sit is inscribed with words and symbols of significance to the Mississaugas of the Credit, including: The Medicine Wheel; the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which are guiding principles that provide the moral and cultural foundation of life; and poetry from the current Gimaa (Chief) R. Stacey Laforme. As indicated by inscribed arm tattoos, the creatures are all female, as females played a central role as custodians of cultural traditions surrounding water.

The official unveiling of Maanjidowin: The Gathering by representatives of PortsToronto, Mississaugas of the Credit and special guests. Left to right: Amanda Walton, Chair of the Board of Directors, PortsToronto, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, artist David M. General, Councillor Ashley Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto, MP Kevin Vuong, Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday, and MPP Chris Glover. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)
The official unveiling of Maanjidowin: The Gathering by representatives of PortsToronto, Mississaugas of the Credit and special guests. Left to right: Amanda Walton, Chair of the Board of Directors, PortsToronto, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, artist David M. General, Councillor Ashley Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto, MP Kevin Vuong, Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday, and MPP Chris Glover. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

The sculpture sits on the south dock wall overlooking the West Gap, and will welcome visitors and residents alike from its location. The sculpture was designed by artist David M. General and created with the help of other local artisans including Artcast Inc. (bronze castings) in Georgetown, Ontario, and HGH Granite (granite and custom stonework) in Dundas, Ontario.

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“On behalf of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), I want to say chi-miigwech (thank you very much) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and of course PortsToronto for their commitment to this project, and to artist David General for beautifully capturing a part of our history through Maanjidowin: The Gathering. Billy Bishop Airport is a significant location for this sculpture as it will be a learning experience for visitors to the City of Toronto, and a moment where returning residents can reflect on the history of the land they call home. This is such an important step as we come to understand the deep connection that all people have to our Mother the Earth.”
          Gimaa (Chief) R. Stacey Laforme
          Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

“Billy Bishop Airport is an important gateway for residents and visitors alike, and I am pleased that those travelling through the airport, as well as those within the surrounding community, will be able to enjoy and learn from this new and important sculpture. The Mississaugas of the Credit have a rich history that was greatly influenced by life along the shores of Toronto’s harbour and waterways, and it is important that this vibrant past, and bright present and future, be reflected by organizations such as PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Airport. I am also pleased to have this significant sculpture included in ArtworxTO – a program that I have championed to ensure that we are not only supporting artists in our city but ensuring that we make art as accessible as possible. Maanjidowin: The Gathering is a sculpture that perfectly exemplifies this program and demonstrates the ongoing commitment needed to ensure diversity and community is represented through public art.”
          The Honourable John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

“Maanjidowin -The Gathering is an artwork representing relationships Indigenous communities and nations have with land, water and sky. Relationships provided by Creator, nurtured by our ancestors, protected by our current generation and passed to our future generations. Wherever we fish, hunt, trap, gather, camp, celebrated, honoured and remembered – Maanjidowin exists. Mississaugas of the Credit have long shared resource rich shorelines including an archipelago situated within Toronto harbour. The artwork presents three Spirit Being fishing bountiful waters in a canoe bearing teachings, direction and symbolism that guide fulfillment of inherent rights and responsibilities. Mississaugas of the Credit have used this guidance to develop their governance, economic base, language and cultural initiatives. Thank you Mississaugas of the Credit and City of Toronto for history we will remember and honour. Thank you Billy Bishop Airport and PortsToronto for acknowledgement and leadership in building tribute and remembrance. I’m proud to have participated in the success you envisioned.”
          David M. General, Artist 

“This sculpture has been several years in the making and represents our commitment to representing and reflecting the experience of the Mississaugas of the Credit and their history along the shores of Toronto’s Lake Ontario. PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Airport have enjoyed a productive relationship with the Mississaugas of the Credit for many years and have consulted on significant projects pertaining to our developments and environmental efforts. It has been our pleasure and privilege to facilitate the creation of this beautiful sculpture and place it at our airport for the enjoyment and education of our passengers, staff and community.”
          Amanda Walton, Chair, Board of Directors, PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

About the Mississaugas of the Credit

Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (Ojibwe: Mazina’iga-ziibing Misi-zaagiwininiwag, meaning: “Mississauga people at the Credit River”) is a Mississauga Ojibwa First Nation located near Brantford in south-central Ontario, Canada. In April 2015, MCFN had an enrolled population of 2,330 people, 850 of whom lived on the MCFN Reserve. The first nation governs the 2,392.6-hectare parcel of New Credit 40A Indian Reserve known as Reserve 40B near Hagersville, Ontario. This reserve is located near the Six Nations of the Grand River in Brantford.

About Artist David M. General

An accomplished artist, lecturer and community leader, David M. General has been developing his distinctive imagery as a sculptor since 1975. Known for blending Indigenous perspectives and modernist styles and favouring classic, large-scale materials such as granite, bronze and domestic/exotic hardwood. Mr. General currently holds several advisory roles, including Trustee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Board of Governors, Member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts, Director on the Board of the Ontario Arts Council and Indigenous Mentor/Advisor at OCAD University. His portfolio is vast and includes exhibitions with institutions throughout Canada and Europe. For more information, please click here.

About ArtworxTO

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art, 2021–2022 is a year-long celebration of Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it. Working closely with artists and Toronto’s arts institutions, the City of Toronto is delivering major public art projects and commissions, citywide, from fall 2021 to fall 2022. Supporting local artists and new artworks that reflect Toronto’s diversity, ArtworxTO is creating more opportunities for Torontonians to engage with art in their everyday lives. This year, explore your city and discover creativity and community–everywhere. Visit artworxTO.ca for full details.

About PortsToronto

For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomed approximately 2.8 million passengers in 2019; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a board with representation from all three levels of government.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has won a series of passenger-driven awards.

PortsToronto Releases Seventh Annual Sustainability Report

Seabin Program and conversion of Marilyn Bell I ferry at Billy Bishop Airport among highlights detailed in PortsToronto’s 2021 Sustainability Report

TORONTO, April 22, 2022 /CNW/ – To mark Earth Day, PortsToronto is proud today to present its seventh annual Sustainability Report, which offers a comprehensive look at the organization’s efforts in the past year with respect to its longstanding mission to protect Toronto’s waters, support its community and innovate for a sustainable future. 

Keeping the score, this annual report offers an accounting of PortsToronto’s environmental performance, tracking key indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic impact, and measuring the airport’s progress within global corporate reporting best practices.

New this year, and complementary to the overarching Global Reporting Initiative methodology that provides the framework of its reporting, PortsToronto has detailed its contributions toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a comprehensive chart located in the report’s appendix.

“Gaining ground in the areas of sustainability and climate action takes years of committed planning, investment and collaboration. Since 2010, PortsToronto has been proud to be among the largest green energy purchasers in the country and part of a growing movement to help Canada transition to a low-carbon energy grid. By retrofitting the Marilyn Bell I, which became Canada’s first truly zero-emission ferry in 2021 and is powered entirely by renewable energy through our partnership with Bullfrog Power, we signaled PortsToronto’s commitment to act on, and invest in, opportunities to improve our operation for the benefit of our community, our business and most importantly, the environment in which we operate.”

– Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, PortsToronto

In 2021, PortsToronto continued to implement sustainable practices, support the community and the wellbeing of its employees, and invest in programs and infrastructure that protect the environment and grow Toronto’s economy. Some of these initiatives include:

  • The Marilyn Bell I, which connects passengers, vehicles and supplies to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is the first completely electric, lithium-ion ferry in Canada, powered by 100 per cent renewable wind and solar energy through our partnership with Bullfrog Power. Its new electric propulsion system, entirely devoid of fuel components, will eliminate GHG emissions from the ferry operation – reducing the airport’s Scope 1, or direct, emissions by an estimated 530 tonnes per year.
  • PortsToronto began its partnership with Bullfrog Power in 2010, and remains the only port and airport in Canada to be 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity – this means that PortsToronto’s Scope 2 emissions have been zero for more than a decade.
  • PortsToronto partnered with local organizations to plant more than 600 trees and shrubs at the Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to absorbing CO2 from the air, these will grow over the years to strengthen the soil and prevent erosion, provide habitat and food for local birds and wildlife and contribute to Toronto’s tree cover.
  • Seabins in the PortsToronto network removed tens of thousands of small pieces of plastic debris from the Toronto Harbour in 2021, and the organization sponsored a study with University of Toronto engineering students to design a bespoke trash-trapping device made for Toronto’s unique waterways.
  • PortsToronto prepares its sustainability report in consultation with Delphi Group, a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management with more than 25 years of experience helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations.

To read PortsToronto’s full sustainability report, click here or visit www.portstoronto.com.


About PortsToronto
For more than 100 years PortsToronto has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas; and, Marine Terminal 52, which provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. PortsToronto is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $12 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. PortsToronto operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.


About Delphi Group
The environmental priority areas detailed in the PortsToronto Sustainability Report were assessed by Delphi Group. As a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management, the Delphi Group has more than 25 years of experience helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations — as well as the local and global communities in which they operate. 

Billy Bishop Airport Releases Fifth Annual Sustainability Report

Conversion of the Marilyn Bell I ferry to electric power in 2021 – a first-in-Canada project – eliminates Billy Bishop Airport’s most significant source of direct, or Scope 1, emissions.

TORONTO, March 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is proud today to present its fifth annual Sustainability Report, which documents measures taken to make the airport cleaner, greener and quieter in an effort to set a new standard for how a modern airport operates in an urban environment.

Keeping the score, this annual report offers an accounting of Billy Bishop Airport’s environmental performance, tracking key indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic impact, and measuring the airport’s progress within global corporate reporting best practices. New this year, and complementary to the overarching Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) methodology that provides the framework of its reporting, Billy Bishop Airport has detailed its contributions toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a comprehensive chart located in the report’s appendix.

In 2021, Billy Bishop Airport continued to implement sustainable practices, support the community and the wellbeing of its employees, and invest in programs and infrastructure that protect the environment and grow Toronto’s economy.

“Without doubt, we have made enormous strides toward our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets in 2021 with the conversion of the Marilyn Bell I to electric power and the elimination of the Billy Bishop Airport’s most significant source of direct emissions,” said Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. 

“In addition, Bby choosing Bullfrog Power green electricity – thereby keeping our Scope 2 emissions at zero for more than a decade – and making significant investments in order to reduce our Scope 1, direct emissions, we are modelling sustainable business practices and making significant progress toward our goal of counting Billy Bishop Airport among the cleanest, greenest and quietest airports in the world.”

Quick Facts

  • The Marilyn Bell I, which connects passengers, vehicles and supplies to Billy Bishop Airport, is the first ferry service in Canada to run on a zero-emission power and propulsion system containing no diesel components. The retrofit, completed in 2021, will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the airport’s ferry operation and will reduce the airport’s direct emissions by approximately 530 tonnes per year.
  • Billy Bishop Airport continues to choose 100 per cent green electricity from wind and solar sources through its partnership with Bullfrog Power – the only airport in Canada to do so.
  • Billy Bishop Airport achieved accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation program (AHA) for its Safe Travels Program, providing further recognition of the airport’s commitment to the health and safety of passengers, staff and partners alike as it resumed commercial airline service on September 8, 2021.
  • Billy Bishop Airport prepares its sustainability report in consultation with Delphi Group, a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management with more than 25 years of experience helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations.

To read Billy Bishop Airport’s full sustainability report, click here.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has won a series of passenger-driven awards.

About Delphi Group

The environmental priority areas detailed in the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Sustainability Report were assessed by Delphi Group. As a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management, the Delphi Group has more than 25 years of experience helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations — as well as the local and global communities in which they operate.

Government of Canada supports Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with new funding for critical infrastructure projects

Transport Canada

TORONTO, March 18, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada works towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in our airport infrastructure continue to be crucial to maintain safety, security, and connectivity for travellers, workers and communities. Government of Canada investments also help ensure Canada’s aviation industry is well-positioned to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced new funding to help Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport.

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, will receive more than $14 million to help it recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support continued air services and important transportation infrastructure projects at the airport. 

The airport will receive more than $10.9 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program to:

  • rehabilitate electrical infrastructure;
  • purchase airfield support equipment;
  • upgrade the airport security systems;
  • rehabilitate the waterfront retaining walls;
  • maintain airfield pavement; and
  • replace airport security fencing and gates.

In addition to the funding for the infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada also provided Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with over $3.1 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help it maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the Greater Toronto Area and its surrounding communities.

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“As we move forward with the safe and gradual return of activity in the aviation sector in a way that continues to support the health, safety, and security of all Canadians, it will be imperative that we maintain a vibrant and competitive Canadian air sector. These critical investments will allow Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to invest in the infrastructure and tools needed to help re-invigorate the aviation industry and to allow Canadians to feel safe and secure when they travel.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“This investment in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport will support our shared goals of recovery, rebuilding and reaching environmental targets. Investing in key infrastructure and climate action projects will ensure the airport is well positioned to support pandemic recovery in our region and continue to serve as an essential transportation gateway to Canada’s largest city – supporting jobs, tourism and trade in the Greater Toronto Area.”

Gene Cabral
Executive Vice President, PortsToronto and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Quick Facts

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  • The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program, launched in May 2021, will provide $571.2 million in funding over five years to airports for eligible infrastructure projects related to safety, security, connectivity to mass transit systems, or testing and screening related to COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The Airport Relief Fund, launched in May 2021, provided $64.8 million in funding in 2021-2022 for targeted airports whose 2019 revenues were less than $250 million.

Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.

Billy Bishop Airport Installs XOVIS 3D Sensors and Software in parts of Terminal to Improve Operations and the Passenger Journey

International Market Leader for Intelligent People Flow Solutions Improves Passenger Journey at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

CAMBRIDGE, MA (March 9, 2022) – Xovis , an international market leader for intelligent people flow solutions in airports worldwide, is excited to announce its expansion at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada’s ninth-busiest airport. Since 2018, Xovis has been working closely with Nieuport Aviation, the Terminal owner and operator, by providing its best-in-class 3D Sensors and software at check-in, security, boarding gates and throughout its departure lounges to monitor people flow, occupancy, and throughput. And most recently, Xovis has expanded its footprint to the international arrivals hall by providing AI sensor technology to measure spatial occupancy and capacity in the arrivals area.

Centrally located in downtown Toronto, Billy Bishop Airport offers flights to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S. and welcomed 2.8 million business and leisure travelers each year pre-covid. At Billy Bishop Airport, the Xovis Passenger Flow Management System receives data streams from the sensors and provides airport personnel with valuable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as wait times, and passenger throughput.

The KPIs are visualized on an intuitive dashboard, enabling the airport to:

  • Quickly identify crowded areas, bottlenecks, and desk utilization in the check-in area
  • Measure, predict, alert on, and report out exceptional waits in real-time at security (via email / text)
  • Playback the entire operation: data can be replayed simultaneously from multiple process points to identify the cause of an issue, including fill level measurements for the departure lounges and various areas in the Terminal

“Billy Bishop Airport is a unique facility with consistent passenger growth thanks to its incredible location right at the foot of the city center, but such a location also constrains the airport from expanding its physical footprint the way other airports can do,” said Cody Shulman, Market Expert, People Flow for Xovis. “As a result, it has been particularly exciting to help them grow with a digital footprint at the Terminal – Xovis sensor technology and software provides them eyes and ears throughout the terminal, giving personnel a data-driven and detailed analysis of people flow to maximize their physical assets and resources from curb to gate. After all, comfortable and relaxed passengers statistically spend more money once they’re through the check-in and security screening processes. It’s a win-win for the Airport and travelers.”

“As owners and operators of the passenger terminal at the Airport, Nieuport Aviation saw significant value in investing in technology, which would further support the efficient operations of the terminal and enhance the passenger experience,” said Neil Pakey, CEO Nieuport Aviation (owners and operators of the Passenger Terminal). For more information about Xovis, visit http://www.xovis.com.

For more information about Billy Bishop, visit http://www.billybishopairport.com.

ABOUT XOVIS
Xovis is a market- and technology-leading Swiss high-tech company that develops, produces and distributes 3D sensors and software solutions for precise counting and analysis of people flows worldwide. Xovis solutions are used to optimize passenger flows and waiting times at airports, in stationary retail and in public transport. Simple integration, data protection compliance, high precision and AI-based features characterize the technology of Xovis. The company was founded in 2008 has over 200,000 sensors installed globally and today employs around 140 people with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Bern, Switzerland and Shanghai, China. For more information about Xovis, visit http://www.xovis.com.

ABOUT BILLY BISHOP TORONTO CITY AIRPORT
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada’s ninth-busiest airport and welcomes 2.8 million business and leisure travelers each year.

Billy Bishop Airport is renowned for its unique travel experience, efficiency and customer service and has won a series of passenger-driven awards, including being named one of the top airports globally and in North America in both the Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Service Quality Awards and Skytrax World Airport Awards. Billy Bishop Airport has also been ranked as the fourth Best International Airport by Condé Nast Traveler and has ranked top ten on Private Fly’s list for Most Scenic Airport Approaches in the world for five consecutive years.

Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, generating more than $470 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) each year and supporting 4,740 jobs, including 2,080 directly associated with the airport operations. Billy Bishop Airport is owned and operated by PortsToronto.

Plan your sunny getaway to Myrtle Beach with Porter’s seasonal service

TORONTO, March 9, 2022 /CNW/ – It’s time to escape the chill with a flight to Myrtle Beach. Porter Airlines resumes non-stop service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport today, operating until May 28, 2022.

“The warm breezes of Myrtle Beach are just a two-hour flight away,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect sunny destination for a family getaway or a weekend of golf.”

Sandy beaches, ocean-front hotels and more than 90 golf courses make Myrtle Beach an ideal destination.

Flights from Toronto will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with connecting service from various Porter locations. Bookings are now available at www.flyporter.com.

Porter Escapes makes planning simpler with vacation packages available. Visit the Porter Escapes page for flight and hotel booking information.

Passengers may book a flight with the Full Refund Option for $40 plus taxes. The Refund Option provides a refund for the booking, including base fare, taxes and fees, should a passenger have to cancel  their flight in advance, for any reason. Bookings made before March 31, 2022, are also eligible to change or cancel without fees.

Passengers must ensure they comply with current government rules prior to any travel. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Stephenville, N.L.

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Air Transat and Porter Airlines conclude code-sharing agreement

MONTREAL and TORONTO, March 8, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Transat and Porter Airlines, two major Canadian carriers, have concluded a code-sharing agreement to be implemented for the 2022 summer season. The first phase of the agreement will focus on connecting Porter’s bases at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) and Halifax-Stanfield (YHZ) to Air Transat’s hub at Montreal-Trudeau (YUL), providing customers of both carriers with a greater selection of connecting flights in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.

“We are very excited to team up with Porter in an important partnership that will contribute to the strengthening of our network and reinforce our leadership in our main markets,” said Transat President and CEO Annick Guérard. “This promising agreement brings together two award-winning, traveller-centric brands whose flight schedules are complementary, and creates great opportunities for customers who are looking for quality and effortless travel. By providing better connectivity, it will not only enhance our destination offering for our Canadian and international customers, but also save them time and make their lives easier.”

“This code-sharing agreement with Air Transat nicely complements our own growth plans,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The introduction of seamless access to international markets, where Air Transat has made its mark, is an especially great benefit for our passengers. The overall combination of new routes and finding a partner that shares our dedication to delivering a great travel experience is a perfect fit.”

Each carrier will market, under its own code and licence, flights operated by the other partner, enabling customers to combine flight segments on a single ticket and check their baggage just once.

Porter will carry its code on Air Transat-operated flights to and from Montreal on 11 European destinations (Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Madrid, Paris, Porto, Toulouse and Venice), 13 South destinations (Cancun, Cayo Coco, Holguin, La Romana, Montego Bay, Port-au-Prince, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Roatan, Samana, Santa Clara and Varadero), five destinations in the United States (Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and San Francisco) and two domestic destinations (Calgary and Vancouver). Air Transat will put its code on Porter’s flights to and from Toronto (Billy Bishop) and Halifax, connecting to all the above destinations in Montreal.

These are the parties’ current expectations and final routes remain subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals. Following such approvals, the agreement is expected to be implemented in the summer of 2022.

About Air Transat
Founded in Montreal 35 years ago, Air Transat is a leading leisure travel brand. Voted World’s Best Leisure Airline by passengers at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, it flies to international and Canadian destinations, striving to serve its customers with enthusiasm and friendliness at every stage of their trip or stay, and emphasizing safety throughout. It is renewing its fleet with the greenest aircraft in their category as part of a commitment to a healthier environment, knowing that this is essential to its operations and the magnificent destinations it offers. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., a world-renowned holiday travel provider that achieved Travelife certification in 2018 in recognition of its sustainability commitments.

About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines provides a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®. Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Details of Porter’s North America-wide service plans are available online.

Porter Airlines’ summer service returning to Muskoka

TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines’ service to Muskoka, Ontario, returns just in time for your summer plans. Flights begin June 24, 2022, and conclude September 6, 2022.

Service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Muskoka Airport will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Connecting flights are also available via Toronto from various Porter destinations.

Porter Airlines’ service to Muskoka, Ontario, returns just in time for your summer plans. Flights begin June 24, 2022, and conclude September 6, 2022. (CNW Group/Porter Airlines)

“We look forward to bringing our passengers back to Muskoka after two seasons away due to the pandemic,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “The picturesque Muskoka region is less than a 30-minute flight from downtown Toronto, making it more accessible for Torontonians, as well as other Porter travellers in Canada and the U.S.”

Travellers can relax in scenic cottage country, explore historic towns, or enjoy a variety of amenities including golf courses, provincial parks, marinas, and cultural attractions across the region. Tickets are now available at www.flyporter.com.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Porter Airlines back to the Muskoka Airport this summer,” said James Murphy, executive director of RTO12, the regional tourism organization that led the push to introduce commercial service to the area, and which continues to act as a promotional partner. “As in our successful first season, we will run the Explorers’ Edge shuttle service to disperse visitors across the greater region, with details to be announced shortly.”

Schedule details are as follows:

Day of WeekToronto Departure TimeMuskoka Departure Time
Monday* and Friday2:25 p.m.3:45 p.m.
*Tuesday departure on long weekends.

Roundtrip fares as low as $164 are available for passengers who book by March 8, 2022. subject to availability. Bookings made before March 31, 2022, are also eligible to change or cancel without fees.

Passengers must ensure they comply with current government rules prior to any travel. More details on travel requirements can be found on our website.

About Porter Airlines

Porter Airlines provides a warm and effortless approach to hospitality, restoring glamour and refinement to air travel. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating®.

The airline currently offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, St. John’s, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Timmins, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston and Washington (Dulles), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Que., Muskoka, Ont., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Stephenville, N.L.

More information on Porter, including a downloadable multimedia library, is available at the Media Centre. Details of growth plans to provide North America-wide service are available at flyporter.com.

Visit www.flyporter.com or follow @porterairlines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Air Canada Affirms Market Leadership by Expanding its North American Network this Summer as Recovery Accelerates

  • Seven New Routes launching from three Canadian hubs
  • Restoration of 41 North American routes, return to 11 North American cities
  • Air Canada offers the most seats, frequencies of any Canadian carrier with 90% of its pre-pandemic North American capacity this summer
  • Air Canada’s leadership and unique extensive network will stimulate the recovery of the travel and tourism industry

MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada today announced an expansion of its North American network for Summer 2022 as the carrier’s recovery from COVID accelerates. With the launch of new service on four transborder and three domestic routes, as well as the restoration of 41 North American routes, Air Canada will operate to 51 Canadian and 46 U.S airports this summer and offer customers the largest network and most travel options of any Canadian carrier.

New services will be launching to the U.S. from Montreal to Atlanta and Detroit, Toronto to Salt Lake City, and Vancouver to Austin. Within Canada, three new routes will begin between Montreal and Gander, Calgary and Fort St John, and Vancouver and Halifax. Additionally, service will be restored on 41 North American routes, including: 13 routes from Toronto, nine from Montreal, five from Ottawa, five from Vancouver, four from Calgary, three from Halifax, and two from Edmonton. The routes are timed to connect with Air Canada’s domestic, U.S. and international network at the airline’s global hubs in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal 

“Canadians are ready to travel, and we’re excited to be offering a very significant growth in our schedule this summer. With our recovery accelerating and North American flying reaching 90% of pre-pandemic levels this summer, we are offering more options across the continent, including seven new city pairs from our Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver hubs, and the resumption of 41 suspended or previously announced new routes. These changes will also grow and cement our position as the leading carrier of choice in the transborder market, with the most non-stop flying between Canada and the U.S. and as the foreign carrier with the most service to the U.S. Moreover, our revitalized North American network, designed to connect easily with our global network, gives customers by far the widest choice of routings and destinations of any Canadian carrier this summer,” said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

“To match our unrivalled network, we are also enhancing our award-winning airport and onboard services. All 23 of our Maple Leaf Lounges are now open, with new features such as ordering from your seat for safety and greater convenience, and we have introduced a range of touchless airport services that make the check-in and boarding process more convenient. Customers can also benefit from our transformed Aeroplan program, which offers members greater value and flexibility when redeeming reward travel. And, of course, all customers will enjoy Air Canada’s industry leading customer service, recognized at the most recent Skytrax World Airline Awards, where our people won for Best Airline Employees in Canada and in North America.”

Award Winning Service

Select routes will feature wide-body aircraft with Air Canada Signature Class, with lie flat seating, and Premium Economy. Seats in all cabins are available for purchase now at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada App, Air Canada’s Contact Centres, and travel agents.

Air Canada’s onboard services on flights greater than two hours feature new Economy Class Bistro selections, including products by Canadian brands and partners, such as meals inspired by celebrated Montreal Chef Jerome Ferrer.

All customers can collect and redeem points through Aeroplan, Canada’s leading loyalty program, when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.

New Transborder and Domestic Routes 

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 799 Toronto Salt Lake City Thu, Sat, Sun 02 JUN 
AC 8567 AC 8569 Montreal Atlanta  Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8581 AC 8583 Montreal Detroit Double Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1062 Vancouver Austin Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun 01 JUN 
AC 7900 MontrealGander Daily 25 JUN 
AC 362 Vancouver Halifax Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8453 Calgary Fort St. John Daily 01 MAY 

Returning and Previously Announced New Routes

Flight From To Frequency Start Date 
AC 8680 AC 8682 Toronto Baltimore Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 8745 AC 8747 Toronto Charlotte Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8705AC 8707Toronto Cincinnati Double Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8895AC 8897 Toronto Indianapolis Double Daily 15 MAY 
AC 513 Toronto Portland Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 27 JUN 
AC 8795 AC 8797 Toronto St. Louis Double Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8590 Toronto Hartford Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8917 Toronto Milwaukee Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8677 Toronto New Orleans Daily 01 JUL 
AC 8865 Toronto Kansas City Daily 01 JUL 
AC 1941 TorontoFort McMurrayTues, Thu, Sat03 MAY
AC 1975Toronto NanaimoMon, Wed, Fri29 JUN 
AC 8410TorontoGanderDaily01 JUN 
AC 8791 Montreal Pittsburgh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8735 Montreal Raleigh Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8759 Montreal Baltimore Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8771 Montreal Nashville Thu, Fri, Sat 02 JUN 
AC 1285 Montreal Phoenix Tue, Sat 03 MAY 
AC 527 Montreal San Diego Wed, Fri, Sun 20 MAY 
AC 515 Montreal Seattle Daily 31 MAY 
AC 1685 Montreal Victoria Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 03 JUN 
AC 8543 Montreal ReginaDaily 01 MAY 
AC 8545 Montreal Saskatoon Daily 01 MAY 
AC 532 Vancouver Boston Daily 04 JUN 
AC 8596VancouverSacramentoDaily01 JUN
AC 539 Vancouver Anchorage Daily 07 MAY 
AC 8482 Vancouver Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 
AC 1870 Vancouver Quebec Mon, Wed, Fri 02 MAY 
AC 8869 Ottawa Washington-Reagan Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8109 Ottawa Winnipeg Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8182 Ottawa Charlottetown Daily 01 JUN 
AC 8098 Ottawa Quebec City Daily 01 JUN 
AC 7701 AC 7705 AC 7709 AC 7711 Ottawa Toronto Island Up to 4 times Daily01 MAY 
AC 8661 Halifax Boston Daily 24 JUN 
AC 8549 Halifax Goose Bay Daily 30 APR 
AC 584 Calgary New York-Newark Daily 01 MAY 
AC 392 Calgary Halifax Daily 30 APR 
AC 1872 Calgary Quebec Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 01 MAY 
AC 8289 Calgary Castlegar Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8563 Edmonton San Francisco Daily 01 MAY 
AC 8113 Edmonton Yellowknife Daily 01 JUN 

Air Canada may continue to adjust its schedule as more opportunities arise or based on COVID-19’s trajectory and the further easing of government travel restrictions.

Travel Policy: Book with confidence

Air Canada’s new refund policy is applicable to all tickets purchased. It offers customers the option of a full refund to the original form of payment, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus should the airline cancel or reschedule a flight by more than three hours.

To book your next trip and for most updated schedule, visit aircanada.com.

Travelling internationally? Visit our Travel Ready Hub for the latest government entry requirements. Customers are responsible for ensuring they meet all government entry requirements, including holding the correct travel documents, visas, any required health certificates, and all other eligibility requirements for any flights they purchase. Government requirements may change with little notice.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, the country’s flag carrier and a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from the independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which in 2021 also named Air Canada as having the Best Airline Staff in North America, Best Airline Staff in Canada, Best Business Class Lounge in North America, as well as an Excellence award for its handling of COVID-19. Also in 2021, Air Canada was named Global Traveler’s Best Airline in North America for the third straight year. In January 2021, Air Canada received APEX’s Diamond Status Certification for the Air Canada CleanCare+ biosafety program for managing COVID-19, the only airline in Canada to attain the highest APEX ranking. Air Canada has also committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.