Progress Report of the Parties 2016

prp-enCanada and the United States are pleased to release the first Progress Report of the Parties, documenting the actions taken since the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) took effect in February 2013.

This new reporting requirement under the Agreement helps strengthen the accountability of the Parties by clearly and publicly documenting the binational and domestic activities and accomplishments of Canada and the United States in the first three years of implementing the 2012 GLWQA.

The report documents the significant progress achieved, with exceptional help from our partners, including accomplishments such as establishing phosphorus reduction targets for Lake Erie and designating the first set of Chemicals of Mutual Concern.

Pursuant to the 2012 GLWQA, the International Joint Commission is tasked with summarizing public input on the Progress Report of the Parties. To this end, the Commission is interested in your views on progress by the governments of Canada and the United States under the 2012 GLWQA – please visit to provide your comments on the Progress Report of the Parties to the Commission.

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Pamela Finlayson, Environment and Climate Change Canada