Taking action on pipeline and marine safety

Canada has an extensive network of pipelines carrying crude oil to domestic and international refineries.

The environment and the economy are joint priorities for Canada. The Government of Canada understands the importance of expanding our resource exports to new markets - but we know this cannot happen without protecting the environment.

Find out what we are doing to make sure that all pipelines are assessed, regulated, operated, and maintained in the right way:


Explore the efforts being made to protect our coasts, lands, and marine life.


Pipelines are a safe, efficient and reliable way to move Canadian energy to consumers.

Preventing and responding to marine oil spills

Find out the latest research and emergency response tactics for oil spills in Canada.

Protecting our coasts

The Ocean’s Protection Plan is working to ensure that we protect Canadian coasts and waterways for future generations.

Marine transportation

Find out how Canada ensures the safe and efficient transport of goods in Canadian waters.

Protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whale

Through the Whales Initiative, we are addressing the main threats to the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Environmental assessments

Find out more about the current environmental assessments that go into building major projects like a pipeline.

Protecting Canada’s Endangered Whales

Canada's whales need our help. Together we are working to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

eBook - Protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whale

Explore our interactive eBook to find out how the Government of Canada is taking action to help this iconic species.

Is it really safe?

Get the facts on pipeline safety in Canada from federal research to the safety system in place.

Pipelines across Canada

See how Canada moves crude oil and natural gas to domestic and international markets.

Pipelines 101

Get the low-down on pipelines in Canada. What are they used for and why do we need them?

Frequently Asked Questions

Read more about federally regulated petroleum pipelines in Canada.

What happens if there is a marine spill?

Find out more about Canada's Marine Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime role.

Oil spill detection

Using satellites to detect and monitor oil spill events in remote areas.

Oil spill response science

Learn about projects focused on improving recovery technologies and processes for the cleanup of heavy oil products spilled in marine environments.

How does oil behave in water?

Our experts are expanding their knowledge on how oil reacts in different conditions, which could help first responders minimize the potential impact of spills on the environment.

National Aerial Surveillance Program

Learn more about the air patrol program that helps prevent marine oil spills and provides surveillance of the north.

Marine Safety 101: Who pays for an oil spill in Canadian waters?

Marine safety matters to Canadians – especially in coastal communities, which can be busy, active places. Watch to find out who pays for oil spills in Canadian waters.

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