Northeast Town at the table for cruise industry growth

The cruise ship Victory I makes its way through the North Channel at Little Current over Haweater Weekend. photo by Robin Burridge

ONTARIO—The Northeast Town, along with other Great Lake ports, attended a meeting with Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) Maureen Adamson to discuss a potential study of the growth of the cruise ship industry in Toronto recently.

“We presented a number of things to her to help support our case for the need of a study to look at the future growth of the cruise ship industry,” Northeast Town Mayor Al MacNevin said, noting the meeting was attended by himself and a number of representatives of other Great Lake ports including Midland Mayor Gord McKay, who began the discussion.

“She (Deputy Minister Adamson) was very receptive to the idea and there could be potential to look at the growth and possible funding through the MTCS for the study,” Mayor MacNevin added. “There will be more to come from this, but it’s a good start.”

Mayor McKay organized a conference call in August with Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Parry Sound and the Northeast Town to discuss a study to look at potential expansion of the Great Lakes cruise ship industry. Mayor McKay also set up a meeting with Minister Eleanor McMahon of MTCS at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), which Mayor MacNevin attended and which led to the follow up meeting with Deputy Minister Adamson.