Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative Strategy
On October 26, 2018, an independent panel with experts from across the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence River launched an 18-month process to develop recommendations for all governments to safeguard Canada’s greatest reserve of freshwater and the St. Lawrence River estuary.
The outcome of the process will be a Collaborative Strategy for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, proposing new and innovative approaches to protection efforts and better alignment of government science, programs and investments. The recommendations will be submitted to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and shared with the Governments of Ontario and Quebec, indigenous and municipal leaders, and the broader community in the Region.
The Collaborative Strategy will focus on four key challenges:
1) climate change
2) toxics and other harmful pollutants
4) beaches and bacteriological contamination
The Collaborative has been championed and organized by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Freshwater Future Canada, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and Strategies Saint Laurent.