On July 1, 1999 the Windsor Port Authority replaced the Windsor Harbour Commission and became one of eighteen independently managed Canada Port Authorities created under the new Canada Marine Act passed in 1998. The new Windsor Port Authority continues to administer federal lands within the Port and to serve as a collective spokesperson for the port users representing their interests on various municipal, provincial, and federal issues.
Under its new mandate, the Windsor Port Authority has greater management flexibility than before including increased freedom to develop contracts and leases related to land and facilities, to set tariffs and fees, and to borrow money from commercial sources.
To be a premier International Great Lakes Port that facilitates and maximizes economic development and trade for the benefit of Windsor – Essex, Ontario and Canada.
The Windsor Port Authority will manage, develop and promote the lands and business of the Port of Windsor to fulfil its mandate as a Federal Agency incorporated under the provisions of the Canada Marine Act, while supporting established standards of safety, security and environmental stewardship.