Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping adds 180,000 jobs, $26 billion to Canadian economy: New Study

July 18, 2018 – Cargo shipments to ports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway
generate CDN$60 billion worth of economic activity and 328,500 jobs in Canada and the U.S.,
according to a new study released today. That breaks down to 181,000 jobs and CDN$26 billion
in economic activity in Ontario and Quebec.
The Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region reveals
the economic benefits of the shipping activity along the entire bi-national Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence River waterway – the longest deep draft inland navigation system in the world. In
2017, more than 230 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods were transported by
ships to and from ports via the waterway, which includes the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence
Seaway and the lower St. Lawrence river. This international and domestic cargo was worth over
CDN$100 billion.

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