How Your Groceries and Goods Travel to Canada

(NC) Canada is a trading nation, and our waterways are crucial for both receiving our favourite things here at home and delivering Canadian products around the world. Combined, these imports and exports contribute billions to our economy and provide many jobs to Canadians.

On one hand, we rely on our waterways to receive key grocery items, as 40 per cent of all fish, fruit and vegetables are imported by ship. On the other hand, we're exporting Canadian goods to places like Europe, which is a large market for precious metals, grain and wheat products. While many of us think of China as a source of imports, Canada's export value to the country increased by 4.6 per cent in 2015, stimulating transportation demand for key bulk commodities.

One key way we move these goods to and from Canada is through the Atlantic corridor, which is located at North America's closest point to Europe. Shipping containers are an important part of this traffic, often transiting through the Port of Halifax, which helps connect the rest of Canada and the American Midwest.

Protecting our waterways and marine life while also supporting commercial activity is important for safeguarding the environment for the next generation of Canadians. It requires carefully designed strategies to advance both environmental protection and economic growth.

This is why the Government of Canada is committed to preserving and restoring all coastal marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to marine shipping and development. Through the new Oceans Protection Plan, the government will work together with Indigenous and coastal communities to better understand the impact of vessel traffic on the marine environment and ecosystems.