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COVID-19 Update: Business Continuity

COVID-19 Update to our Customers and Stakeholders
The spread of the COVID-19 virus is changing rapidly in Canada and globally. Just like you, we are monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 closely.

Staff will tele-work from home for the duration of the COVID-19 health event to increase social distancing.

As a result, we are relying more on other resources to communicate, such as telephone, email, website and our social media channels.

Best contact can be found in the list provided below.
President & CEO: Steve Salmons –
Director of Finance & Administration: Lindsay Thiessen –
Director of Operations & Harbour Master: Peter Berry –
General Inquiries: Liz DiMenna –

For the latest local information on COVID-19, please visit
COVID-19 information and advice is also available through the Government of Canada website (

Note: Please call the main phone line, 519-258-5741, to arrange deliveries other than mail.


Helping your business navigate COVID-19

How is COVID-19 affecting your business?

Port Windsor is part of the Windsor-Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force, whose purpose is:

“In a timely manner, collect, coordinate and disseminate information on strategies, programs and other remedies that are available to mitigate the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economic well-being of workers, entrepreneurs, businesses and the Windsor-Essex regional economy.”

Take the Regional Economic Impact Survey.


Seaway opens for the 2020 Season

March 24, 2020 – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 62nd navigation season today, with the transit of the NACC Argonaut through Lock 8 on the Welland Canal.

Click here for the full press release.


Keeping you safe at work: Marine Sector Health and COVID-19

Please contact Windsor-Essex County Health Unit: or call 519-258-2146 or 1-800-265-5822, should you need more information.

PDF: Keeping you safe at work


Media Release: COVID-19

For the Windsor Port Authority, ensuring the health and well-being of Canadians, port employees, customers, and seafarers who transit through ports is the top priority.  As such, we are working closely with the federal government and the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop and adopt government-wide practices to help protect Canadians and visitors alike.  The important thing right now is making sure we slow down the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.  We support the government’s efforts and are working hard to do our part.  We take direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada on health-related matters, and Transport Canada on marine operations. We will continue to act appropriately as the situation evolves.

Read the full release:  2020 03 17 Media Release – COVID-19


Port Windsor Acting Now to Prepare for Climate Change

Port Windsor is taking initial steps to prepare and fortify its waterfront harbour infrastructure against the impacts of climate change.

The Windsor Port Authority’s Climate Change and Risk Assessment Plan will identify the risks related to climate change and its impact on the current and future conditions of the port’s assets.

(L – R) David Diemer, Dillon Consulting Ltd; Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President & CEO; Claire Sanders, Essex Region Conservation Authority; Irek Kusmiercyzk, MP Windsor-Tecumseh

Read full Media Release.


Port Leases Riverside Marina to Windsor Yacht Club in 60-year Deal

The Windsor Yacht Club has entered into a 60-year deal to lease and operate the Riverside Marina from the Windsor Port Authority commencing for the 2020 boating season.

“The Windsor Port Authority has always recognized the importance of marina services and access to the waters that surround us.  The Windsor Yacht Club has a proven record of delivering first-rate marina services.  We are confident that this new beginning for Riverside Marina will mean only a bright future for our customers, and the Windsor-Essex region.”  –Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

Click here to read full Media Release.


Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26, 2019

Port Windsor has unveiled the name of its new outdoor marine museum –


in celebration of International Maritime Day.

Steve Salmons (Windsor Port Authority President & CEO), Hunter Kersey (Town Crier) and Peter Berry (Windsor Port Authority Harbour Master) celebrate the Official Opening of Prosperity Place.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening. Elders from the Walpole first Nation performed a smudging ceremony to purify the space and recognize the historic connection to this area by several first nations.  Literally anchored by an anchor, the new outdoor space is adjacent to the offices of Port Windsor in Old Sandwich Towne, and tells the story of marine trade and commerce for over 10,000 years at this very location.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening.

Click below to read the full release:

Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26 2019


High Water Levels: 30 Meter Buffer Imposed along Windsor Shoreline

The Windsor Port Authority has authorized a temporary 30 day buffer zone of 30 meters for all motorized watercraft moving along the Windsor shoreline of the Detroit River. This means no motorized watercraft can operate within 30 meters of shore unless docking., ….

“We are dealing with historic high waters’ crisis, not a shipping issue. But still, by imposing a 30 meter ban we are asking all pleasure craft to be good neighbours and stay away from the shoreline property owners that are dealing with significant pressures”. Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

Click here to read full News Release.


Extra Caution Advised Due to High Water Levels

The City of Windsor and Windsor Port Authority are advising extra caution be taken by anyone enjoying the Detroit River shoreline or who plan to be boating during Fireworks Night, June 24, 2019.

Extremely high water levels are creating some dangerous conditions:

  • The water is much deeper than normal near the shoreline;
  • The water is much colder than normal;
  • The water is moving more quickly than normal;
  • Obstructions near the shoreline that would normally be visible may be hidden below water now, including docks, rocks and pilings.

Everyone near or on the water is asked to use extra caution to ensure their night is safe and enjoyable.

Click here to read the full Advisory.



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