Since 1971, Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has played an important role by providing safe, efficient and dependable ferry services across Quebec for residents and visitors alike. As people's needs have changed over the years, so have the services provided by STQ. Its mandate is to:
- Improve access to isolated regions
- Connect segments of major highways
- Provide inter-regional ferry services to help decongest some major highways
- Connect urban public transit systems
Today, STQ is at the helm of a large network of 13 maritime services that extends all the way from Montreal to the Lower North Shore and the Magdalen Islands in eastern Quebec. Nine of these routes are operated directly by STQ. Thanks to some 600 employees who work day in, day out to provide quality service, every year STQ offers more than 112,000 crossings and transports more than 5.2 million passengers and 2.1 million vehicles.
STQ works closely with Quebec's ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification in all matters regarding maritime passenger transportation and port facilities maintenance. It is frequently called upon to share its expertise in consultations involving multiple regional stakeholders.
Laurent Lessard, Quebec's Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification and Member for Lotbinière-Frontenac, has been the minister responsible for STQ since August 2016.