On June 15, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, announced that they had concluded an agreement to enable the building of the new publicly-owned Windsor-Detroit bridge crossing.
With the signing of the crossing agreement, Canada and Michigan are able to move the project forward to its next steps which include further design work and property acquisition on the U.S. side. Under the agreement, Canada will be responsible for constructing, financing and operating the new crossing through a public-private partnership. Further, the agreement stipulates that all iron and steel for any bridge component in Canada and for any component of the project in the United States, will be sourced in either Canada or the United States.
The crossing will be publicly-owned, jointly with Canada and Michigan and overseen by an International Authority comprised of members appointed by both parties.