COVID-19 Information

April 4, 2020

  • Both container terminals, Ceres Halifax and PSA Halifax are currently offering full services.
  • Pilot, tugs, marine traffic control are unaffected.
  • CN Rail service with Canada and USA is unaffected.
  • Import container dwell: Normal (within KPI measurement).
  • Truck gate wait time average: Normal (within KPI measurement).
  • Terminal truck turn time average: Normal (within KPI measurement).

Message from HPA President & CEO

Port of Halifax – COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2020
Port of Halifax – COVID-19 Update – March 13, 2020

Latest updates and resources

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is closely monitoring the public health risk associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and we remain on high alert. We are working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Transport Canada to monitor the situation. While the current risk for the general population of Canadians has been assessed as low, we are actively monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action as it evolves.

Please find helpful resources and links to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic:

Halifax Port Authority Operations

Marine traffic and cargo shipping

The Halifax Port Authority and all Canadian Port Authorities continue to work with Federal, Provincial, Municipal governments and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities on plans and responses associated with this pandemic. Currently, there are no restrictions on cargo vessel operations, but this may change as the situation evolves Halifax Port Authority will continue to monitor the situation and take direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada in consultation with Transport Canada regarding cargo operations at the Port of Halifax.

All labour, both container terminals, pilots, pilot boat crews, tug crews, rail, truck operations and container terminal gate operations are following the direction of Transport Canada.  Each member of the Port Community has taken steps to adjust their routines in accordance with recent guidance from Transport Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada. The marine sector will continue to follow Transport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidelines for COVID-19.

Please visit our Port Operations Centre for timely updates on cargo movement.

For inquires regarding Transport Canada’s directives for the marine sector, please see their website or to report threats, breaches, incidents or suspicious activity as soon as possible – 24/7 – call Transport Information Centre 1-888-857-4003.

Port Credentialing Office

Until further notice, the HPA credentialing office is now only accepting personal appointments on Wednesday’s from 0800-0400 local time. Please note that if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough or difficulty breathing) and/or even mild symptoms, please contact us by phone (902) 426-1597 or email to reschedule your existing appointment.

Port Community Procedures & Protocols:

Additional Links of Resources:

Cruise Halifax operations

The 2020 cruise season at the Port of Halifax will be delayed until July 1. This does not apply to smaller vessels carrying 500 people or less (passengers plus crew). This follows the direction provided by Transport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Halifax Port Authority will also be suspending the opening of the Dockside Shops at Pavilion 22 and any cruise vendor activity until the full cruise season resumes. Tentatively planned for July 1, 2020.

The Halifax Port Authority will communicate with cruise lines, industry partners, tourism partners, and operators following this decision and adjust the cruise schedule accordingly. The health and well-being of our cruise guests and seafarers, our vendors, our staff and the greater public is our priority.

It should be noted the Public Health Agency of Canada is advising Canadians to avoid all travel on cruise ships due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. As the situation evolves, many countries are implementing policies and restrictions in order to contain the pandemic.

Visit our cruise schedule for full details, including schedule of cruise ship arrivals.

For additional information about the cruise industry’s response to COVID-19, please visit CLIA’s COVID-19 Media Kit or email

Halifax Seaport 

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market operation has been suspended until further notice, starting Saturday, March 14, 2020. This is in compliance with the Provincial directive of gatherings no greater than 150 people, to contain the spread of COVID-19. The health and well-being of our customers, our staff and our vendors is our priority.

Events at the Halifax Seaport can result in large gatherings of people in close contact for extended periods of time. These gatherings can contribute to the transmission of respiratory pathogens such as COVID-19.  For that reason, large events at the Cunard Centre will be postponed. Please see the Halifax Seaport Event Calendar for the latest on upcoming events and cancellations for all facilities.

We have increased cleaning efforts throughout the interior common use areas of the Immigration Annex and FMC Building facilities, paying extra attention to cleaning high-frequency touch points. We are working closely with our cleaning contractor and they ensure us that they are using the highest-grade commercial disinfectants and sanitizers.

HPA will continue to work with and follow the recommendations of public health authorities and event organizers to assess the situation and conduct risk assessments when determining the public health actions related to events at the Halifax Seaport during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Key Contacts:                          

  • If you have symptoms or believe you have COVID-19, dial 811.
  • A new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established but the Government of Canada to answer questions from Canadians about COVID-19. Service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight EST.

For additional information about the cruise industry’s response to COVID-19, please visit CLIA’s COVID-19 Media Kit or email