First Great Lakes St. Lawrence Maritime Day Held in Washington, DC

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers convened their first Maritime Day in Washington, D.C. on December 13-14, 2017. This event brought together representatives from the States and Provinces, federal governments, industry, and other regional stakeholders. Participants discussed regional priorities and met with Congressional representatives to continue creating the future of the regional maritime system. Focus areas included smart ships, the cruising industry, and the Soo Locks. The next Maritime Day will take place on April 18-19, 2018, in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Governors and Premiers Adopt Resolution on Maritime System Management

At their 2017 Leadership Summit in Detroit and Windsor, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers adopted a resolution on management of the region's maritime transportation system (MTS).  The resolution calls on the US and Canadian federal governments to collaboratively manage the MTS as a harmonized transportation system and to develop a bi-national treaty that will help improve transparency, efficiency, accountability and regulatory harmony.

Governors and Premiers Release Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Maritime Strategy

On June 15, 2016 the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers released the first-ever regional strategy to jump start the Great Lakes St. Lawrence maritime transportation system. The strategy’s objectives are to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental footprint of the region’s transportation network, and support the region’s industrial core.  Once fully implemented, the strategy will help grow the region’s maritime sector, which already contributes more than US$30 billion to the US and Canadian economies and accounts for more than 220,000 jobs. 

Final Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System

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Governors and Premiers Release Regional Maritime Priorities

At their 2015 Leadership Summit in Quebec City, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers released their list of Regional Priorities to improve the Maritime System.  They also provided an overview on the completion of the Maritime asset inventory.

The list of Priorities can be found here.  The Asset Inventory overview can be found here.

Governors and Premiers Rejuvenating Regional Maritime System

At the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers executive meeting in April 2014, the Governors and Premiers initiated a series of actions to improve our region's maritime transportation system.  Within one year, they committed to:

  • Complete a maritime asset inventory for each State and Province.  This will be the first such inventory to be conducted on a regional basis and will inform future management decisions.
  • Develop regional maritime priorities.  These priorities will help establish regional consensus and guide future management and funding.
  • Create a regional maritime entity model in order to better coordinate maritime planning and management according to regional priorities.

For more information on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers' Maritime Initiative and Task Force, click here.