Ontario's environment minister is in Thunder Bay looking for suggestions for his proposed Great Lakes Protection Act.

Jim Bradley is meeting with some area mayors and First Nations leaders.

He said consultation is key to creating an act meaningful to the people who live and work on the Great Lakes.

"I thought it was an excellent session this morning," Bradley said. "I was really pleased with the level of engagement with the communities in and around Thunder Bay today."

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs hosted the meeting. He said the city is working hard to be a good steward of Lake Superior.

"I think we are in great shape," Hobbs said. "We could do a lot better. Everyone could do a lot better. That's where we talk about the education piece.  Taking care and taking ownership of your lake."  Hobbs added that he hopes the new legislation will not leave the city facing additional costs that it can't afford.

Other mayors at the meeting included Richard Harvey of Nipigon, and Glen Nelson of Red Rock.

Bradley was to meet separately with First Nations leaders.

The Great Lakes Protection Act is expected to be introduced later this year at Queen's Park.