For Immediate Release
Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan to protect and restore British Columbia’s coastal communities
November 25, 2016 Delta, British Columbia Government of Canada
Canadians across the country rely on transportation in their everyday life. The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the country’s coasts and waterways by ensuring ships in these waters transport products in a safe and responsible way.
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Member of Parliament for Delta, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted initiatives in Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan that will improve marine safety in Canada, including in key waterways in the lower mainland.
These initiatives include:
- Purchasing, installing, and training for 25 emergency tow packages on Canadian Coast Guard vessels throughout Canada.
- Leasing one new vessel will be leased with the ability to tow large commercial ships, including tankers on the West Coast.
- Creating a new chapter of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in British Columbia to support Indigenous communities and bolster response to emergencies and pollution incidents.
- Training Indigenous communities to support search and rescue missions, environmental response and incident management activities as newly established Indigenous Community Response Teams;
- Providing Indigenous and coastal communities with real-time access to information about marine shipping activities in their waters;
- Enhancing modern hydrography, marine navigational charts, and electronic chart coverage for over 20 of Canada’s busiest ports and waterways to improve navigation safety;
- Developing regional response plans to understand the risks associated with marine shipping in partnership with marine stakeholders, Indigenous and coastal communities;
- Looking to former regional planning forums like the Fraser River Estuary Management Program and the Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program for future direction on engagement and regional planning in four pilot areas, including southern BC.
The national Oceans Protection Plan, which was announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 7, 2016, contains four main priority areas: creating a world-leading marine safety system that improves responsible shipping and protects Canada’s waters, including new preventive and response measures; restoring and protecting the marine ecosystems and habitats, using new tools and research, as well as taking measures to address abandoned boats and wrecks; strengthening partnerships and launching co-management practices with Indigenous communities, including building local emergency response capacity; and investing in oil spill cleanup research and methods to ensure that decisions taken in emergencies are evidence based.
Moving forward, Canada will be better equipped, better regulated and better prepared to protect marine environment and coastal communities, achieving a world-leading marine safety system. These new measures will benefit all Canadians and contribute to growing the middle-class.
“Canadians said they expect the Government of Canada to balance economic needs with our environmental goals. The Oceans Protection Plan shows this balance is possible. I am especially proud that the Government of Canada is prioritizing investment in our Canadian Coast Guard, and the use of forums following the approach suggested by the former Fraser River Estuary Management Program and Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program to guide future long-term planning and sustainability for our important marine environment.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Member of Parliament for Delta, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“The Oceans Protection Plan will help keep Canadian waters and coasts safe and clean, for today’s use and for future generations. The Government of Canada will partner with Indigenous and coastal communities to develop a world-leading marine safety system that meets the unique needs of Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau,
Minister of Transport
“Under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, we are expanding the Canadian Coast Guard’s role in patrolling and monitoring Canada’s marine environment to better serve all Canadians. By increasing our towing capacity, a key to pollution prevention, we are protecting our coastlines and waterways for future generations.”
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
- The Prime Minister of Canada announces national Oceans Protection Plan
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