Chamber of Marine Commerce

Proposed Government Changes to Pilotage: Threatening Supply Chains, the Economy, and Cost of Living

Pilotage Reform

Transport Canada’s recent actions related to pilotage have been misguided on several fronts resulting in:

Potential interruptions in Great Lakes marine supply chains.

New pilotage areas being implemented without full consideration of the impacts.

Insufficient consultation and slow progress on much needed regulatory changes.

Proposed Pilotage Certificate Onboard Training Program

Transport Canada is proposing a new national program that will be much more complex, costly, and less efficient than the successful pilotage certificate onboard training program already in use in the Great Lakes region – a program with a stellar safety record.

The proposal will result in fewer certified professionals being available to the marine industry, which in turn stops ships from moving what matters, and ultimately drives inflation.

Establishing New
Pilotage Areas

Transport Canada is implementing new compulsory pilotage areas at four ports located along the lower north shore of the St. Lawrence River.

It is doing this without following due process or analyzing the potential impact of costs on business and consumers.

Marine Pilotage Regulations

Transport Canada has been working on new Marine Pilotage Regulations to achieve greater efficiency in marine operations, but has been working on this task for years without a clear timeline for completion, or meaningful ongoing consultation.

Put at Risk:
The National Economy

Our Canadian Captains deliver more than 250 million metric tons of vital cargo per year through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, contributing to over US $66 Billion in economic activity in Canada and the United States. Transport Canada is putting all of this at risk.

Meet our Captains

Captain (Retd) Daryl Brain

Captain (Retd) Daryl Brain

MV Baie Comeau, CSL Group
30 years experience