The Fraser River Industrial Association raises the profile of the Lower Fraser River as a key component of our local, provincial and national economies and draws attention to opportunities for sustainable operations and growth and expansion of the Gateway. FRIA identifies opportunities for cohesive action on issues of mutual interest.

FRIA is a representative voice of businesses that operate along the Lower Fraser River and serves as a forum for the exchange of industry news and information.


The Lower Fraser River is a working river and an economic powerhouse. Its competitive advantages—including its location and its opportunities for industrial expansion—make it crucially important to the Canadian economy.

All levels of government, including First Nations, their related agencies and numerous other important stakeholders (environmental, community, labour, recreation and fishery groups), have a collective responsibility to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the Lower Fraser River.

As the voice of industry in this important dialogue, FRIA aims to:
  • Raise awareness of the importance and significant economic contributions of this vital transportation artery.
  • Contribute to the creation of a collaborative and comprehensive strategy for long-term economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.
  • Advocate for the preservation and/or expansion of industrial activities in key areas along the Lower Fraser River.
  • Engage in dialogue with governments and all stakeholder groups to improve economic opportunities and to act as a sounding board to test theory, policy and concepts.
  • Develop sustainable and environmentally responsible strategies to support growth in the context of a healthy and vibrant river.
  • Have a voice in the development of a navigation management strategy that meets the needs of all stakeholder groups.
  • Contribute to a responsible and efficient transportation strategy for the region.
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As a non-partisan industry alliance, our primary mandate is to create, promote and sustain a healthy business environment for the Lower Fraser River so that we can provide economic benefits like well-paying jobs to the communities in which we operate and to the country as a whole.

We are collectively committed to doing business in a responsible way that recognizes concerns, considers impact and appreciates our social and environmental obligations.

We consult with all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal and First Nations) as a conduit for theories, ideas, concepts and policy, and as an advocate for the working river.

We also work with diverse stakeholder groups that have an interest in the lower Fraser River basin.

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FRIA is an alliance of marine-dependent businesses operating in and around the Lower Fraser River. Our members are:
Coast Pacific Xpress

105-5355 152 St, Surrey, BC V3S 5A5

DP World

Suite 1500, 4720 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2


16705 Fraser Hwy Surrey, BC V4N 0E8

Fraser River Pile & Dredge

1830 River Drive, New Westminster, BC


#108-12300 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4Z1

Seaspan Ferries

7700 Hopcott Road, Delta, BC V4G 1B6

Southern Railway Of British Columbia

2102 River Drive, New Westminster, BC V3M 6S3

Western IntermodeX

16080 Portside Rd, Richmond, BC V6W 1M1

Fraser River Pilots (Technical Advisor)

Mike Armstrong of Freshet Marine is the Technical Advisor to the FRIA Board.