“Canada’s economy, environment and history are inextricably linked to our coastal regions. The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan unveiled today will make Canada a world-leader in marine safety and takes a powerful step toward co-management of our coasts with Indigenous and coastal communities, together making sure they remain healthy, clean, and safe for generations to come.”The Right Honorable Justin TrudeauPrime Minister
The health and protection of Canada’s coasts are critical to our environment, our economy, and to all Canadians.
It’s why in November of 2016 we unveiled a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan. The Oceans Protection Plan will make Canada a world-leader in marine safety and will take a powerful step towards co-management of our coasts with Indigenous and coastal communities.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world. Our coasts attract tourism, are home to abundant Canadian fisheries, support traditional and coastal community livelihoods, enable the export and import of our goods overseas, and play a key role in strengthening the economy and growing the middle class.
That’s why it is vital for Canada to have a plan that ensures that our coasts are protected in a modern and advanced way.
The Oceans Protection Plan was developed based on work done between Indigenous and coastal communities and various government programs and will be implemented beginning this year.
The Oceans Protection Plan has four main priorities:
- To create a marine safety system that improves responsible shipping, protects Canada’s waters, and strengthens response measures;
- To restore and protect marine ecosystems and habitats;
- To strengthen partnerships and launch co-management practices with Indigenous and coastal communities; and
- To invest in oil spill cleanup methods and research.