Government of Canada Releases 4th Report on the Oceans Protection Plan to Canadians, Highlighting Results Achieved to Protect Our Coasts
OTTAWA, ON, June 8, 2021 / CNW / – Whether in the Atlantic, Pacific or Arctic Oceans, the health and protection of our coastline, the longest in the world, is essential to our environment, to our economy and to all Canadians. Our coasts attract tourism, are home to important Canadian fisheries, support the traditional and coastal livelihoods of communities, enable the export and import of our products abroad, and play a key role in strengthening and growth. of the middle class. We can be proud of from Canada Oceans Protection Plan to create a world-class level of maritime safety that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting these waterways for generations to come.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, posted on 4e Report to Canadians – a summary of the work accomplished to date through from Canada Oceans protection plan. The report provides the results of more than 50 initiatives and hundreds of projects from coast to coast. Since the launch of the Oceans Protection Plan in 2016, more than 1,200 engagement sessions have been held with Indigenous communities across Canada to create, co-develop or inform maritime safety and / or environmental initiatives. This is an important step towards the co-management of our coasts with indigenous and coastal communities.
The five-year $ 1.5 billion The Oceans Protection Plan is the biggest investment ever to protect from Canada coasts and rivers. The Plan’s initiatives have made maritime transport safer, offered more protection to marine species and improved from Canada ability to prevent and respond to maritime incidents.
Highlights of the report include:
The progress made to date through the Oceans Protection Plan is the result of an increased partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities, stakeholders and researchers. Together, we are all doing our part to keep our coasts and our waterways healthy, clean and safe.
“Canadians have always had a close connection to our coasts and waterways, which are an important source of food, fun and jobs. Maritime transport is the cornerstone of from Canada economy and will play an important role in from Canada economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. from Canada The Oceans Protection Plan improves our marine safety so Canadians can rest assured that shipping is proceeding without further damaging the environment. This work builds a more resilient Canadian marine ecosystem that protects our environment, while maintaining a healthier, cleaner and more competitive economy for this generation and the following. “
The Honorable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
“We know that Canadians from coast to coast to coast care about our oceans and depend on them for everyday life. A healthy ocean supports a healthy world. Since 2016, we have seen remarkable work and progress made in protecting our oceans through the Oceans Protection Plan, the largest ever investment in ocean protection. This report reminds Canadians of what can be done by working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples, coastal communities, industry and all levels of government to create healthier coasts and oceans. Plan, developing a blue economy strategy and continuing on our path to protect 25% of the oceans by 2025, Canadians can be proud to be part of an ocean nation that puts protection first. of future generations. “
The Honorable Bernadette Jordan
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Canadians want clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems today and in the future. from Canada The Oceans Protection Plan improves our knowledge of marine and coastal environments by improving science and research programs. By working with Indigenous and coastal communities, researchers and other partners, we collect scientific data on our shores, seabirds and marine weather conditions that inform environmental response operations. This work represents our government’s continued commitment to make science-based decisions and to keep our coastal environments safe and healthy for future generations. “
The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
Maritime safety in Canada is formed by more than 100 regulations, 30 laws and international agreements, which have led to a sharp decline in marine pollution incidents since the 1970s.
Eight legislative documents were created or updated as part of the Oceans Protection Plan to modernize from Canada maritime safety, including: Pilotage Act, Canada Shipping Act, Maritime Liability Act, the Wrecked, Abandoned or Dangerous Ships Act, Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations, and the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act.
Eight search and rescue facilities have been opened or reopened under the Oceans Protection Plan, two of which are under construction in Tahsis and Hartley Bay, British Columbia.
The Oceans Protection Plan has funded more than 300 Abandoned Boats Program projects to remove and dispose of boats to reduce the risk to shipping in our waters across the country.
Transport from Canada The National Aerial Surveillance Program undertook over 1,500 hours of marine mammal surveillance.
The Oceans Protection Plan improved weather services for mariners by developing local forecasts for 12 to 24 hour periods. These forecasts use high resolution weather models supported by dedicated buoys with weather instruments in high risk areas like harbors, harbors and busy shipping lanes.
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SOURCE Transport Canada
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