The Maritime Strategy, elaborated over a 15-year horizon, relies on Québec’s competitive advantages and, in particular, its strategic geographic position in relation to major international and domestic markets, in a context where growing numbers of international economic agreements are broadening trade.
Québec can benefit from the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which, combined with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), will give it access to a market encompassing nearly 1 billion people.
Accordingly, the Maritime Strategy intends to rely on the St. Lawrence River to position it as the international gateway to eastern North America. Its navigable waterway goes to the heart of the North American continent. Furthermore, it is the shortest route between Europe and the North American heartland, two of the world’s most heavily industrialized areas.
Québec has a strategic commercial port system comprising 20 ports. It is interconnected to the CN and CP rail networks and to road networks, which enables it to directly reach a North American market of more than 135 million people.
The Maritime Strategy intends to take advantage of these assets and more extensive trade transiting through maritime transport, in particular through the establishment of logistical hubs with high added value, which will enhance the efficiency of trade and create numerous jobs.