The primary mandate of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society is to operate the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on behalf of Parks Canada. Since the 1980s the Society has worked in partnership with Parks Canada to preserve the Cannery facility and is now responsible for the interpretation (tours and educational programs), site promotion and regular maintenance.

In addition to operating the historic site, the Society works to achieve its mission through other activities such as creating annual feature exhibitions related to fishing history and presenting community events such as the annual Welcoming the Sun, which is a celebration of Indigenous cultures. In all activities, the Society is committed to working with the Steveston community to preserve its fishing heritage and local charm. For more information about future Society activities, read our current five-year Strategic Plan 2020-2025.