Founded in March 1969, Maritime Data Center was created as a result of a federal board that was set up to deal with labor relations problems in ports across Canada. At the time, longshoremen had established pressure on employers to standardize their working conditions, collective agreements and payroll system. The federal government allowed the operators to form an association. MDC's mission is to consolidate all timesheets across all ports and standardize pay for all stevedores, regardless of their working conditions. For over 50 years, MDC has been operating the payroll for the personnel of Eastern Canadian ports.