Policy Positions

The Chamber is seeking solutions to ballast water management in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region that are operationally and economically achievable. Find out more. 

It’s time for Pilotage Reform:

Canada’s pilotage regime is stuck in the 1970s and costs of pilotage services are out of control. After 45 years, new legislation to modernize Canada’s pilotage system for commercial ships was finally passed in June 2019, which holds promise to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of marine transportation while still ensuring the highest standards of safety. Find out more. 

With the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway system at 50 per cent capacity, and with St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes up 9 per cent in 2017, and almost 7 per cent in 2018, we have a great opportunity to build on momentum and increase the amount of goods moving by marine to relieve congestion on highways. Find out more.

High Water-Protecting the St. Lawrence Seaway Trade Corridor:

The marine shipping industry is committed to working with all affected stakeholders to develop a smart, science-based plan to deal with the adverse affects of high water levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region.
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Marine Shipping: Setting a Course for Canadian economic recovery

The Chamber’s post-COVID recovery proposal to improve safety and efficiency of marine transportation, and at the same time, create jobs, boost trade potential and protect the environment.
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The Marine Advantage: Canadian ship operators reduce GHG emissions

Inland and coastal shipping provides tremendous opportunity to support Canada’s ambitions to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change.
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