Objectives and Scope
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative is a stakeholder-led, 18-month process to develop recommendations for all governments to safeguard Canada’s greatest reserve of freshwater.
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 provincial counterparts, indigenous and municipal leaders, and the broader community in the Region.
The Collaborative is being led by an Experts Panel, co-chaired by former Ontario Environment Commissioner Gord Miller and former Quebec Sustainability Commissioner Jean Cinq-Mars. The Collaborative 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. The Collaborative Strategy gratefully acknowledges funding support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.