Abandoned boats program: Approved projects

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Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government announced a strategy to address abandoned and wrecked vessels. This strategy includes two funding programs:

The projects listed here have been approved and announced under our Abandoned Boats Program.

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Projects we funded in 2017 to 2018

ABP projects to assess abandoned boats*
*These organizations may also apply for funding to remove the boats after assessment.
Organization Location Scope of project Funding
Capital Regional District Victoria, B.C. 10 boats $10,400
Pender Harbour Advisory Council Madeira Park, B.C. 2 boats $10,000
District of Sechelt Sechelt, B.C. 14 boats $70,000
Total 26 boats $90,400
ABP projects to remove abandoned boats
Organization Location Scope of project Funding
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Vancouver, B.C. 1 boat $12,000
BC Parks Vancouver, B.C. 2 boats $15,000
Town of Ladysmith Ladysmith, B.C. 9 boats $62,400
Total 12 boats $89,400
ABP education and awareness projects
Organization Location Project details Funding
Capital Regional District Victoria, B.C. The regional district will educate boat owners, Indigenous communities, local governments and the public about owners' responsibilities, and how to recycle or dispose of boats, to help reduce boat abandonment in the region. $50,100
Boating BC Association Richmond, B.C. The not-for-profit organization will increase awareness of boat owners' responsibilities, from a boat's purchase to disposal, to help reduce the harmful dumping of abandoned boats in B.C. $150,000
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, N.L. The Institute will do outreach and provide education resources, to help reduce the harmful abandoning of boats in Canadian waters. $140,604
Boating Ontario Association Penetanguishene, Ont. The not-for-profit organization will raise boat owners' awareness of their responsibilities, including managing a boat at the end of its useful life, to educate marina operators, boaters and the general public (including potential boat buyers) about ways to recycle boats and prevent boat abandonment. $149,500
Eastern Nova Scotia Marine Stewardship Society Louisbourg, N.S. The non-profit organization will provide information to fish harvesters on how to dispose of commercial fishing vessels, to help reduce the number of abandoned boats in Nova Scotia. $48,400
Total $538,604
ABP research projects
Organization Location Project details Funding
Innovation Maritime in partnership with le Centre de développement des composites du Québec Saint-Jérôme, Que. This organization (affiliated with le Cégep de Rimouski) is working with le Centre de développement des composites du Québec (affiliated with le Cégep de Saint-Jérôme) to study how to recycle vessels made of composite materials (fiberglass and thermosetting resin). The goal is to develop recyclable materials for use in new boats. $300,000
CleanTech Renewables Limited Sydney, N.S. This organization is developing an efficient way to recycle fibreglass boats. The research will assess and test the feasibility of recycling wood, fibreglass, and fibreglass over wood vessels. It will research the technology and equipment for separating fibreglass waste, and find buyers for the materials. $130,000
PlaySafe Production Keswick, Ont. This organization will look for practical, economical, safe and environmentally sustainable ways to reuse or recycle boat hulls. The goal is to find environmentally friendly ways to dispose of an entire boat. $47,500
Total $477,500

Projects we funded in 2018 to 2019

ABP projects to assess abandoned boats*
*These organizations may also apply for funding to remove the boats after assessment.
Organization Location Scope of project Funding
Capital Regional District Victoria, B.C. 7 boats $16,175
Pender Harbour Advisory Council Garden Bay, B.C. 3 boats $15,000
Nanaimo Port Authorities Nanaimo, B.C. 4 boats $20,000
Beaufort Range Marine Group Ltd. Multiple locations in Comox Region, Courtenay and Union Bay, B.C. 15 boats $13,200
Nova Scotia Lands Multiple locations in Nova Scotia 30 boats $105,285
St. Anthony Port Authority St. Anthony, N.L. 1 boat $5,000
Township of Esquimalt Esquimalt, B.C. 1 boat $2,500
Total 61 boats $177,160
ABP projects to remove abandoned boats
Organization Location Scope of project Funding
District of West Vancouver Caulfield Cove, West Vancouver, B.C. 1 boat $10,000
Bowen Island Municipality Bowen Island, B.C. 1 boat $6,000
Bowen Island Municipality Bowen Island, B.C. 1 boat $5,250
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Vancouver, B.C. 1 boat $6,411
Salish Sea Industrial Services Victoria, B.C. 4 boats $19,685
Salish Sea Industrial Services Victoria, B.C. 17 boats $404,350
Township of Esquimalt Esquimalt, B.C. 1 boat $5,625
Bowen Island Municipality Bowen Island, B.C. 2 boats $11,330
Salish Sea Industrial Services Victoria, B.C. 3 boats $34,915
Township of Carling Carling, Ont. 1 boat $5,027
Total 32 boats $508,593

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