Strait of Canso Port

The Strait of Canso is one of a few ports in the world with the unique combination of a deep, ice-free channel and thousands of acres of unencumbered industrial land available for development.

The Strait of Canso Port is located on the east coast of Canada between mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island.  It is one of the finest natural deep-water harbours on the eastern seaboard of North America.  The port is a major bulk seaport that handles roughly 61{7aaa4cfde4dc2850c53b29646fe0863318bfcc43f8da7b61ee76fd31e3f82b5e} of Nova Scotia’s international and domestic cargo tonnage. It is central to offshore resources and North American and international shipping routes.  Commodities shipped include crude oil and petroleum products, stone aggregate, gypsum, forestry products, highway salt, and coal. Businesses located along the port also depend on the waterway for exporting finished product to markets as well as importing raw materials, supplies, and equipment for local manufacturing.

The 2010 Gardner Pinfold Economic Impact Study of Independent Marine Ports in Atlantic Canada found that port-dependent businesses along the Strait of Canso create 1,400 full-time equivalent jobs, $136 million in wages and salaries, and $193 million in expenditures for other goods and services annually. Port operations and related business activities represent a significant source of revenue and employment in the surrounding communities of Guysborough County, Richmond County, Inverness County, Port Hawkesbury, Port Hastings, and Mulgrave.    

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The Strait of Canso Port is integral to Canada’s shipping industry. Cargo traffic through the Strait includes manufactured goods, petroleum products, pulp, supercalender paper, gypsum, seafood, bulk, and breakbulk products.