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Annual Conference Recap

May 23, 2024

Thank you to all who came to our Annual Conference at the Mount Royal Centre on May 7th.

Our Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2024 Issue

April 3, 2024

The Spring 2024 edition of newsletter is hot off the press and is full of news about the ShipFed’s recent and upcoming activities.

Article on underwater noise: whales and ships

February 22, 2024

The CBC recently interviewed the Federation’s Director of Environmental Affairs, Miako Ushio for this article and radio segment about how whales communicate, and underwater noise from ships.

Submission on Supply Chain Regulatory Review

February 6, 2024

Please read our comments submitted on supply chain regulatory review.

Our Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2023 Issue

December 20, 2023

The Winter 2023 Issue of our Quarterly Newsletter has just been released!  We take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

American Great Lakes Ports Association: New Investment Survey Released

December 13, 2023

$8.4 Billion Committed to Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping

Today, a binational coalition of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence maritime organizations released a new survey of infrastructure investments by both the public and private sector in the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system.

The report was sponsored by the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Lake Carriers Association, the Shipping Federation of Canada, the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

#11678 - Labour Update – Rail, Longshore, CBSA

June 17, 2024

Further to our previous circular letters on this subject, please find below an update on labour negotiations impacting rail, longshore and CBSA workers. Rail Sector – CN / CPKC The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) is still considering the question  of whether certain activities should be deemed as essential in the event of […]

#11677 - CBSA Labour Update – Mediation Extended

June 7, 2024

Further to CL 11676, the union representing 9,000 border service officers employed by CBSA has issued a notice stating there will be NO job action starting today at 4:00, thereby averting a strike for the time being. We have also received information from CBSA confirming that the parties have agreed to extend mediation […]

#11676 - Labour Update – CBSA Border Service Officers

June 6, 2024

Further to CL 11672, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents 9,000 border service officers employed by CBSA, has issued a notice stating that its members will begin job action on June 7 at 4:00 PM (eastern)  if an agreement for a new contract has not been reached by then. Because […]

Events & Training

Mariners’ Workshops

The Federation’s Annual Mariner’s Workshop is  tailored to the needs of mariners, focusing on topics such as single maritime window.

Certificate in Marine Transportation

In collaboration with Concordia University, the Federation offers a university-level program composed of 5 marine courses focusing on key aspects of the commercial shipping industry.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

This one-day virtual seminar on the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and its applicability to commercial marine operations is designed to help companies meet Transport Canada’s transportation of dangerous goods training requirements.

Government Training Sessions

The Federation provides training sessions to familiarize government departments and agencies with the marine industry.

Benefits of International Shipping

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Environmentally Sustainable

International Shipping is sustainable and environmentally proactive.

Shipping has the lowest environmental impact and the highest level of energy efficiency of all the forms of commercial transportation.


A ship can carry one ton of goods a distance of 250 kilometres for every litre of fuel it consumes, compared to 100 kilometres for a freight train and 30 kilometres for a truck. The industry has also recorded a substantial reduction in marine pollution over the last two decades, despite a massive increase in the volume of world seaborne trade. At the same time, the industry continues to move foreward on the environmental front, with a view to further minimizing its impacts with respect to such key issues as air emissions, fuel efficiency, and operational discharges.

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Safe and Secure

International Shipping is committed to safety.

A commitment to safety has long been a hallmark of every aspect of marine transportation, making international shipping one of the world’s most heavily regulated industries.


The industry’s main regulator is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the United Nations agency responsible for ensuring the safety of life at sea and protecting the marine environment. The IMO has developed a comprehensive framework of global maritime safety regulations that are enforced on a worldwide basis. These regulations are supplemented by those of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is responsible for developing labour standards that are applicable to seafarers throughout the world.

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Facilitator of International Trade

International Shipping is an essential service to world trade.

Shipping is essential to the world economy. Without shipping, the ability to trade between continents, to transport huge quantities of raw materials, and to import and export affordable food and manufactured goods would come to a grinding halt.


Ships are the primary transportation tools of international trade because much of the world’s surface is covered by water and there are simply no comparable means of accessing other continents at the relatively low cost afforded by marine transportation.  Immense tonnages of oil, primary commodities, and manufactured goods are carried by sea day in and day out, year after year, and over very long distances – safely, inexpensively and efficiently.  Indeed, there are about 50,000 merchant ships trading throughout the world, carrying every kind of cargo conceivable and manned by over a million seafarers of virtually every nationality.

Briefs and Submissions

Comments on Supply Chain Regulatory Review

February 6, 2024

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Comments on Bill C-47 as relates to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

May 16, 2023

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Comments on labour shortages in Canada’s marine sector

April 27, 2023

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