Oceans Protection Plan
Canada has the world’s longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resources. Canadians across the country rely on transportation to go about their everyday life or to deliver products to market in a safe and responsible way.
On November 7, 2016, the Prime Minister launched a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan that improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada’s marine environment, and offers new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities.
- The Prime Minister of Canada announces the National Oceans Protection Plan
- Ministers announce Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan in Eastern Canada
All Canadians will benefit from the Oceans Protection Plan. Some initiatives apply to the local context of a particular coast while others are national in scope. Learn more about some of the initiatives that will affect you and your region.
- Oceans Protection Plan: What it means for Canada’s regions
- Infographic: $1.5 Billion National Oceans Protection Plan
- A world-leading marine safety system that protects Canada’s coasts
- Infographic: A world-leading marine safety system
- Preserving and restoring Canada’s marine ecosystems
- Infographic: Preserving and restoring Canada's marine ecosystems
- Creating stronger Indigenous partnerships and engaging coastal communities
Oceans Protection Plan video
Oil Tanker Moratorium Act introduced for British Columbia’s north coast
In addition to the Oceans Protection Plan’s initiatives to enhance marine safety, on May 12, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced legislation to formalize the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act on British Columbia’s north coast. Once passed by Parliament, new legislation will prohibit tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude oil or persistent oil products as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports and marine installations in northern British Columbia.
- Government of Canada introduces Oil Tanker Moratorium Act
- Backgrounder: Crude oil tanker moratorium on British Columbia's north coast
Science & Research
Since Transport Canada always works to better understand the issues that affect marine life and protect our oceans, the reports and summaries below may help guide future policy decisions. We will share them here, as they become available:
- Marine emergencies
- Marine pollution and environmental response
- Vessel safety, spill prevention, and response
- Abandoned boats or wrecks
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