Impacting Windsor-Essex Economy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Media Release: Windsor Port Authority


One thousand jobs… that’s how many people work each day at the 14 terminals of the Windsor Port Authority.

Port Windsor has released an economic impact study that delivers a clear message… the port is a major economic engine in this community. In fact, it is the third largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes, and number 10 in Canada.

President and CEO Steve Salmons, joined by the CEO’s of WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, release the study results at an event at Port Windsor, and the numbers are impressive:

  • 2,293 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in Windsor-Essex
  • port employment generates $125 million in payroll locally
  • $271 million dollars in annual economic activity
  • $209 million in business revenue
  • 14 terminals make $41 million in local purchase of goods and services, every year
  • the ports of Windsor contribute $54 million annually in taxes to federal, provincial and municipal governments that provide local benefits and services to Windsor-Essex

“Port Windsor is an essential link in the transportation hub of Windsor that creates both local jobs and community prosperity in Windsor-Essex.  Buildings, roads and homes are built with aggregate that came through Port Windsor.  Road salt, vegetable oil, steel, aluminum and wind turbines were delivered to Windsor or from Windsor in the logistic chain of ports, railways and highways that bring products to our tables every day. The flow of those goods provides jobs and prosperity for families in Windsor-Essex.
-          Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority

The Study

These results are part of wider study released in July that showed cargo shipments to ports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway generated CDN$60 billion worth of economic activity and 328,500 jobs in Canada and the U.S. That breaks down to 181,000 jobs and CDN$26 billion in economic activity in Ontario and Quebec.  The results included cargo carried on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Lower St. Lawrence River.

The study, which uses 2017 data, was carried out by respected economic consultants Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Martin Associates was retained to perform this analysis by a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence marine industry stakeholders. A steering committee including the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (U.S.), The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (Canada), the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the Lake Carriers’ Association, the Shipping Federation of Canada, Transport Canada, the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES), and the St. Lawrence Ship operators Association provided confidential data, guidance and oversight for this study.

The full executive summary and study is available at

The Chamber of Marine Commerce is a bi-national association that represents more than 130 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international ship owners. The Chamber advocates for safe, sustainable, harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system's significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions

Background: Port Windsor
Ontario’s third largest port, each year the Port Authority receives more than 600 ships, delivering more than 5 million tonnes of aggregate, salt, steel and grain to Windsor-Essex, and ports across the Great Lakes, and into Europe. It also hosts Ontario’s largest ship fueling depot.

The Windsor Port Authority is a federal Corporation under the Marine Act (1999) as one of just 17.  The Study national ports established to promote the growth, competitiveness and prosperity of Canada’s economy.

Each year, Port Windsor donates 3% of its revenues to charitable and community needs. In 2019, the Authority will donate in excess of $50,000 locally.

For further information please contact:              
Steve Salmons
President and CEO
Windsor Port Authority
O: 519-258-5741, ext. 212
M: 226-345-6703