OTTAWA, Ontario – Yesterday, the International Joint Commission launched its new web site. Still located at, it is the result of several months of efforts. It features several new functions such as a virtual library, a search engine and an improved navigation system. While some sections of the site are still under development, the bulk of the site is operational and the IJC invites the press corps to visit it.

The IJC prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada under the 1909 boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.

In particular, the IJC assists the two countries in the protection of the transboundary environment, including the implementation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the improvement of transboundary air quality; and it alerts the governments to emerging issues along the boundary that may give rise to bilateral disputes. The IJC rules upon applications for approval of projects affecting boundary or transboundary waters and regulates the operation of these projects.

The IJC has six members, three appointed by the President of the United States, and three appointed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Canada. The IJC is cochaired by the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray (Canada) and the Hon. Dennis Schornack (U.S.). It is assisted by 19 boards comprised of experts on issues dealt with by the IJC from coast to coast.

For more information, please contact Fabien Lengellé: (613) 995-0088 or

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