Upcoming Negotiations for a New Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem

For over 40 years, Canada and Ontario have worked together under a series of agreements to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in real progress toward addressing our most serious challenges. Recent examples include:

Environment Canada is proud of the progress which has been made toward addressing environmental challenges in the Great Lakes and to meeting Canada’s obligations under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).

Over the coming months, the governments of Canada and Ontario will negotiate a new COA. This new COA will set out the action plan for federal and provincial governments to work cooperatively toward the achievement of shared goals. Canada’s intention to begin negotiations is reflected in a recent letter from the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, to the Honourable Jim Bradley, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment.

The Government of Canada looks forward to working with Ontario to meaningfully engage and involve the Great Lakes community in the development of a new COA. COA negotiations will be further informed by findings and recommendations from a review of the Agreement completed in 2009.

Should you have any questions or comments about the upcoming COA negotiations, please submit them to the Great Lakes Environment Office, Environment Canada at COA.renewal@ec.gc.ca.

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