Oceans Protection Plan

From Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada

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.

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 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.

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:

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