The United States and Canada share the longest border between two nations in the world. It is an extremely dynamic and deep economic relationship, with over $2 billion worth of goods and services crossing the border daily, or roughly $1 million traded every minute. Additionally, over 300,000 people cross the border everyday for either leisure or business.
As a result, facilitating the movement of people and goods securely and efficiently throughout the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region is vital to the region’s competitiveness. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a declaration on a shared vision for perimeter security and economic competitiveness, a new long-term partnership that enhances our security and accelerates the legitimate flow of people, goods and services.
The Council of the Great Lakes Region, working with partners from government, business, and academia, will examine what else we can do to make the border more seamless for travellers and businesses of all sizes and how we can drive change.