Ontario Marine Council Welcomes Provincial Funding for Shipbuilding in Ontario

Toronto, March 26 2024 – The Ontario Marine Council (OMC) extends its appreciation to Premier Ford and the Ontario government for its commitment to the Ontario marine industry in today’s budget.


In October of 2023, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria made a historic announcement at the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers Conference in Cleveland Ohio launching Ontario’s first ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy. The inclusion of funding for the province’s shipbuilding industry in today’s budget solidifies the government’s dedication to supporting Ontario marine sector.


The Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy, developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders is focused on strengthening an industry that is a critical part of Ontario’s economy. Today’s funding allocation in the budget sets the stage for the province to play a crucial role in ensuring Ontario’s marine sector remains competitive and continues to deliver cargo in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.


“We commend Premier Ford, Minister Sarkaria and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Transportation Grewal for the advancement of one of our marine priorities. This funding not only demonstrates a commitment to economic prosperity but also underscores the government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and the well-being of Ontario’s communities,” Steve Salmons, Chair of the OMC.


“The funding allocated in the 2024 Ontario budget will enable us to accelerate the
implementation of one key initiative outlined in the Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy. We look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, industry partners, and stakeholders to drive positive change and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Ontario’s marine sector,” Maguessa Morel-Laforce, OMC Executive Director


For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce
OMC Executive Director
819 592 3757


About the Ontario Marine Council:
The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.