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Economic Impact of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Shipping

Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River shipping is one of the key drivers of the U.S. and Canadian economies. The industry creates 329,000 jobs in the two countries, and produces CDN$60 billion in economic activity. Additionally, shipping in the region contributes CDN$12 billion in federal, state/province and local taxes every year. It also supports the economic health of North America’s industrial heartland and a consumer market of more than 100 million people.

The number of jobs Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River shipping industry creates.

The amount of economic activity this industry produces.

The amount this industry contributes in federal, state and provincial taxes

The amount this industry generates in employment wages and re-spending expenditures annually.

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164 Million metric tons of cargo delivered every year

North American farmers, steel producers, construction firms, food manufacturers, power generators and Canadian households depend on the 230 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods that are delivered by Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ships every year. This cargo is valued at over CDN$100.5 billion.

These cargoes become the automobiles North Americans drive, the office buildings they work in, the energy that heats their homes, the salt that keeps roads safe , and the food they put on the dinner table.
What cargoes become

Marine transportation on the Great Lakes-Seaway System provides $3.6 billion (USD) in annual transportation cost savings compared to the next least expensive all-land transportation alternative. This enhances the global competitiveness of North American products and industries and keeps the cost of consumer goods down.

$3.6 billion in annual transportation cost savings

$1 billion investment

More than $7 billion is being spent on infrastructure to make the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence safer, more efficient and environmentally advanced.