Government of Canada modernizing environmental response equipment for Canadian Coast Guard

News Release

Ottawa, Ontario – Through the Oceans Protections Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve our country’s capacity to prevent and respond to marine pollution incidents. This will help achieve a world-leading marine safety system that keeps Canada’s waters and coasts safe and clean for today and the future.

An important part of this Plan is ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the modern equipment it needs to lead the response to marine pollution incidents in Canadian waters.

To achieve this, the Government of Canada is soliciting bids for new environmental response equipment to contain and remove oil and other contaminants from the water in the case of a spill.

This will be the first equipment acquired under the Environmental Response Equipment Modernization initiative of the Oceans Protection Plan. The equipment will include curtain booms, high-speed sweep systems, and small, portable multi-cassette skimmers.

The Environmental Response Equipment Modernization initiative will bring the Coast Guard in line with and beyond current standards regarding environmental spill response and take advantage of innovations and advancements in technology.


“Under the Oceans Protection Plan, our government is putting in place concrete measures so we can better prevent and respond to marine pollution incidents. By providing our dedicated Coast Guard members across the country with the best equipment, we are ensuring they can continue to respond quickly and efficiently in the case of an environmental incident in Canada’s waters.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Our government is committed to supporting the Canadian Coast Guard in keeping our marine environment safe and clean. These projects will provide the Coast Guard with new and innovative tools and equipment, while bringing jobs and prosperity to a number of Canadian communities across the country.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick Facts

  • The Environmental Response Equipment Modernization initiative will bring new infrastructure, equipment and technologies to more than 80 Canadian Coast Guard locations across the country.

  • Containment booms, including curtain booms, concentrate and contain oil in the water following a spill. They are also used in cases where a spill is possible, such as to surround a vessel that has been damaged.

  • Skimmers and vacuums are used to remove oil from the water, including within a boomed area.

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Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Laura Gareau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada



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