The Canada-Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence: Working Together Since 1988

The governments of Canada and Quebec have been working together since 1988 to conserve and develop the St. Lawrence. Their joint efforts have helped to:

  • reduce pollution;
  • protect human health;
  • conserve, rehabilitate and develop animal and plant habitats;
  • encourage sustainable navigation practices; and
  • promote community outreach and involvement.

Building on their existing achievements, the governments are continuing and expanding their collaboration under the auspices of the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026 (PDF, 377 ko), which consolidates the efforts of a record number of 18 government departments, ministries and agencies.

Ministers Pierre Arcand et Peter Kent signing the Canada-Quebec Agreement on the St. Lawrence 2011-2026

Photo: Environnement Canada 2011

The St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026 is...

  • Issues extending over a 15-year horizon
  • Continuation of joint actions targeting:
    • Biodiversity conservation
    • Improved water quality
    • Sustainable use
  • Decision-making support tools:
    • Numerical environmental prediction
    • Monitoring of the condition of the St. Lawrence
  • Expertise of coordination committees
  • Management of the St. Lawrence through participatory governance
  • Maintenance of community funding programs
  • Engaged participants
  • Major investments:
    • Government of Canada: $49,143,700
    • Government of Quebec: $20,887,400