Governors and Premiers Release First Ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Maritime Strategy
On June 15, 2016 the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and 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.
Governors and Premiers developing Regional Maritime Strategy
The Governors' and Premiers' Regional Maritime Entity, launched in June 2015, is developing the first-ever regional maritime transportation system strategy. The strategy’s primary objectives are to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental impact of the region’s transportation network and support the region’s industrial core. Toward this end, specific actions are organized around the following themes:
• Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Costs
• Building New Markets
• Growing Economic Activity around the Maritime System
• Delivering Results While Managing for the Future
Governors and Premiers release Regional Maritime Priorities
At their 2015 Leadership Summit in Quebec City, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Governors and 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.
Governors and Premiers Rejuvenating Regional Maritime System
At the Conference’s 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 Governors' and Premiers' Maritime Initiative and Task Force, click here.