Commercial Shipping

Tolls Schedule

In accordance with the St. Lawrence Management Corporation’s (SLSMC’s) Business Plan, the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls was modified in 2014 featuring:

  • a modest toll increase;
  • a New Business Incentive Program which offers a 20% discount on cargo tolls for three seasons for any commodity/origin/destination combinations approved by the SLSMC as being new business;
  • a Volume Rebate Incentive Program, offering a 10% reduction on cargo tolls for the incremental volume increase over the highest volume achieved by a shipper/receiver over the previous 5 years;
  • a Service Incentive Program which offers an additional 20% discount on cargo tolls for new business export cargo for a regular service in the Great Lakes
  • a new Gateway incentive.

In effort to maintain the momentum underlying the Seaway’s market development initiatives and a five year freeze on toll rates, the SLSMC has decided that there will be a modest 2.5% toll increase in 2014. In addition, incentives programs will continue to remain in effect.

To learn more about the various incentive programs and the savings they offer, please visit the Incentive Programs page.

For more detailed information, please refer to the St. Lawrence Seaway Schedule of Tolls or send your request to .


2014 Seaway Tolls
(Cargo and Vessel Tolls in Canadian dollars per metric tonne)

Cargo Tolls MLO Welland
Bulk cargo $1.0570 $0.7215
Grain $0.6494 $0.7215
Coal $0.6494 $0.7215
General Cargo $2.5469 $1.1546
Steel Slab $2.3050 $0.8266
Containerized Cargo $1.0570 $0.7215
Government Aid $0 $0

GRT Charge MLO Welland
Loaded or Ballast Vessels $0.1020 $0.1632
Minimum Charge MLO Welland
Minimum charge per ship per lock transited for full or partial transit of the Seaway $26.39 $26.39

Lockage Charge (per GRT) MLO Welland
Loaded or Ballast Vessels N/A $0.2718
Maximum per vessel
N/A $3,801.00
Under the New Business Initiative, for cargo accepted as new business, a percentage rebate on the applicable cargo charges for the approved period 20% 20%
Under the Volume Rebate Initiative, a retroactive percentage rebate on cargo tolls on the incremental volume calculated based on the pre-approved maximum volume 10% 10%
Under the New Service Incentive Program, for New Business cargo moving under an approved new service, an additional percentage refund on applicable cargo tolls above the New Business rebate 20% 20%

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