Since it was established in 1955 by the Great Lakes Basin Compact, the Great Lakes Commission has worked with its member states and provinces to address issues of common concern, develop shared solutions and collectively advance an agenda to protect and enhance the region’s economic prosperity and environmental health. Our members include the eight Great Lakes states with associate member status for the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
The Great Lakes Commission is collaborating with the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers to implement the 2016 Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Transportation System. The strategy recommends actions to maintain and expand the maritime transportation system and establishes a Regional Maritime Entity to coordinate state and provincial actions. The maritime careers website addresses the strategy’s recommendations for talent and workforce development for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system.