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Government of Ontario Congratulated for Recognizing the Potential of the Marine Shipping Sector

The Chamber of Marine Commerce extends congratulations the Government of Ontario today on the release of The Future of the Great Lakes Economy: Ontario’s Marine Transportation Strategy.  The new provincial strategy is expected to deliver on the promise to identify, prioritize, and plan for opportunities to enhance the province’s position as a gateway to North America’s industrial heartland, a vital link in the global supply chain, and as a tourism destination.

“I commend the Government of Ontario for recognizing the potential that the marine shipping industry has with respect to growing the economy, strengthening supply chains, and enhancing the sustainability of the transportation sector,” said Bruce Burrows, President and CEO of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “A recent economic study by Martin Associates showed that marine shipping on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Waterway supported $10 billion in economic activity and almost $4 billion in annual income within the province. It does that while also being the most efficient and environmentally friendly mode of cargo transport. The expectation as we proceed with implementing this strategy will be how to move the bar even higher, and we look forward to continued engagement with the government to achieve that goal.”

The strategy also includes a commitment to establish a specific office within the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation to serve as a conduit for implementing the details of the strategy and engaging industry and stakeholders. The Chamber welcomes the creation of this point of committed engagement, and looks forward to meaningful cooperation via this office that creates positive economic and environmental outcomes.

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About the Chamber of Marine Commerce

The Chamber of Marine Commerce is a bi-national association that represents more than 100 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international ship owners. The Chamber advocates for safe, sustainable, harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system’s significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions.

Media Contact:
Jason Card
Chamber of Marine Commerce
jcard@cmc-ccm.com
(613) 447 5401