Maritime AffairsSince 1895, the Navy League of Canada has supported the prosperity of Canada’s agricultural, industrial, and business sectors by encouraging dependable marine transportation and port facilities, and maritime safety and protection. We have also worked to ensure that Canada’s Navy remains relevant, sustainable, ready and able.
Canada is a Maritime NationThe health of Canada’s economy depends on water transportation. One-third of our country’s gross domestic product is transported by water and, excluding U.S. exports and imports, 97% of our trade is transported by ship.
Water has become a major factor in relations with other countries both as a facility and as a resource/commodity.
The Navy League of Canada maintains an abiding interest in offshore industries, the marine environment, shipbuilding, transportation by water, use of the maritime regions for pleasure and tourism, a strong and ready Coast Guard and a combat-capable Navy to protect and watch over our interests.
What the Maritime Affairs Alliance encompassesCanada’s maritime community represents a diverse collection of interests, including:
- Shipping and ship building
- Fisheries and aquaculture
- Recreational boating and tourism
- Oil and mineral resources
- Enforcement and defence
Louise MericerVP of Maritime Affairs
Appointed VP of Maritime Affairs in 2021, Louise Mercier was named as one of Canada’s Top 10 Defence lobbyists in 2018 and brings almost thirty years of experience to understanding the Canadian military acquisition process and the federal bureaucracy.