Community Investment

Community Investment


Community Investment

Community Investment

Port Saint John donates over $100,000 in cash and in-kind to various charities and non-profits in the Saint John area each year.

Three charities in particular are focus areas for Port Saint John:  PALS, Harbour Lights and Saint John Seafarers Mission.

Harbour Lights

Harbour Lights

Port Saint John partners with CBC Radio One Information Morning Saint John each December to carry out the annual Harbour Lights Campaign which began in 1997 and has raised more than $2 million for 13 food banks in Southern New Brunswick.

Each year the port installs a giant Christmas tree at long wharf that is made up of hundreds of colourful light bulbs. Every $2 donation lights a bulb, and as December progresses the tree lights up bulb-by-bulb. Once the financial goal has been met, the star on top of the tree is lit for all to see.

PALS @ the Port

PALS @ the Port

Since 2011, Port Saint John has placed significant community investment focus and support on the PALS program, which connects schools and business partners to make positive impacts on the lives of children and the future of our community.  Through this partnership, businesses like Port Saint John are making a significant difference on the effects of inner city poverty.

Visible actions of Port Saint John support are our annual ‘back to school’ and food drives, as well as the direct contributions from proceeds of Port Days each year.



Saint John Seafarers Mission


In addition to these charities, the seafaring community who are working on every vessel in the inner and outer harbour are a focus of Port Saint John charitable giving in both time and resources through the Saint John Seafarers Mission.

Being a seafarer can be difficult due to the long periods away from home and family, as well as the isolation from onshore amenities.  At the Saint John Seafarers Mission, mariners of all races and creeds can relax away from their ships.

Donations can be made to the Saint John Seafarer's Mission here.




Port City Champ Storybook

Port City Champ Storybook

Did you know that Champ, Port Saint John's official mascot, has a storybook? He loves reading!

Champ loves reading so much that all proceeds from Port City Champ sales go towards the Saint John Free Public Library. Books are $4.99 each and can be purchased at the Butcher’s Daughter in the Saint John City Market.

Port City Champ was created in 2014 by writer Hilary Paige Smith and illustrator Holly DeWolf.

Sponsorship & Donation Requests

Sponsorship & Donation Requests

Special consideration will be given to requests that demonstrate the potential to have impact on one or more of the following initiatives that:

  1. Address root causes of poverty to children and families in neighborhoods surrounding the harbour;

  2. Focus on education, particularly projects relating to raising awareness of marine and logistics industry careers or entrepreneurship;

  3. Programs that raise awareness of environmental protection or restoration and beautification of natural environments; and

  4. Initiatives in support of community enhancement that benefit both local residents and cruise tourism.

Fill out our Sponsorship & Donation Request Form here.

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