Commercial Shipping

Incentive Programs

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) provides a number of cargo toll incentives. The incentives are listed below with their eligibility guidelines and application forms. Questions regarding the incentives can be emailed to

Service Incentive Program

The Service Incentive Program offers a rebate of 20% on applicable cargo tolls for carriers that implement a new service. The objective is to provide incentive for carriers and assist them in developing and implementing a liner or semi-liner service from the Great Lakes ports to other global markets. 

This incentive is available to all carriers presently calling the Great Lakes Region and potential service providers who are looking to expand their scheduled services.

To be eligible for the Service Incentive Program a carrier will need to follow the program rules as define in the Tariff of Tolls. Carriers will submit a “Service Incentive Application Form”.

New Business Incentive Program

The New Business Incentive Program offers a 20% discount on cargo tolls over the course of three years for commodity / origin / destination combinations approved as “new business.”

Definitions and further details for the New Business Incentive Program can be found in the Schedule of Tolls document.

Volume Rebate Incentive Program

The Volume Rebate Incentive Program offers a 10% reduction on cargo tolls applicable to incremental volumes meeting a set of criteria.

Definitions and further details for the Volume Rebate Incentive Program can be found in the Schedule of Tolls document.

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