November 7, 2016 – St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador) / Halifax
(Nova Scotia) Government of Canada
Every day, Canadians across the country rely on transportation to get to work,
bring their children to school, and ship their products to market. The Government
of Canada is committed to protecting the country's marine environment by
ensuring goods are imported and exported in a safe and responsible way.
Today, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and
Climate Change announced a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan.
The Plan improves marine safety and responsible shipping, protects Canada's
marine environment, and creates stronger partnerships with Indigenous and
coastal communities. The plan meets or exceeds international standards and
is supported by commitments to Indigenous co-management, environmental
protections, and science-based standards.
As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the following initiatives were announced:
- The re-opening of the Maritime Rescue Sub-centre in St. John's,
Newfoundland and Labrador. This rescue centre provides regional capacity
to facilitate effective operational coordination and response to all-hazard
- The construction of two new Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat stations in
Newfoundland and Labrador areas to improve search and rescue.
- The refurbishment of the Canadian Coast Guard St. Anthony, Newfoundland
and Labrador, lifeboat station.
- The building of two new radars in Atlantic Canada – one to be installed in
the Strait of Belle Isle area, and the second one in Chedabucto, Nova Scotia.
- Increased domestic and international scientific collaboration on oil spill
response through investments for Fisheries and Oceans Canada's
world-leading Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research in
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
- Continued investment in response planning for the Strait of Canso,
Nova Scotia, and the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, including bringing
together baseline biology, ecology, social, cultural, and economic data.
- Improved timely availability of science-based expertise during incidents
by placing additional emergency and enforcement officers in Atlantic Canada.
- Increased marine safety information for mariners and improving hydrography,
charting, and e-navigation products, including for the Strait of Canso,
Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.
- Investment in research to support new and refined oceanographic oil spill
trajectory models, including for the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia, and the
Port of Saint John, New Brunswick.
- Learning how to better protect marine mammals from shipping-related
- The launch of a comprehensive plan to address abandoned, derelict and
wrecked vessels, including making vessel owners responsible and liable for
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 contribute to
Canadians and to growing the middle-class.
"Through the Oceans Protection Plan, Canada's world-leading marine safety
system will respond better, quicker and more effectively to marine spills and
incidents along all of our coasts and major waterways, including in Atlantic
Canada. In addition, preventative measures will help ensure marine spills and
incidents do not happen in the first place. Most importantly, this work will be
done in strong partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities, valuing
their traditional knowledge and expertise in preserving our coasts and their
pristine beauty for generations to come."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"Under Canada's Oceans Protection Plan, we are taking decisive steps to
address the needs and protection of Canada's three coasts such as following
through on our Government's commitment to re-open the Canadian Coast
Guard Maritime Rescue Sub-centre. Canada's Oceans Protection Plan will
strengthen Canada's Coast Guard to better serve Atlantic Canadians, while
investing in better science to inform our decision making and getting the
right regulations in place to protect our precious coastlines and waterways
for future generations."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
"Today's announcement demonstrates that the Government of Canada
is taking action to ensure a clean environment and a strong economy go
hand-in-hand. The Oceans Protection Plan will support good jobs for
middle-class Atlantic Canadians, help us better fulfil our environmental
protection responsibilities to Canadians, advance our science, and keep
our waters and wildlife safe for generations to come."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change