Canada’s Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers announce concrete action to advance economic progress through healthy, sustainable oceans at G7 Ministerial Meeting

News release

September 20, 2018           

Halifax, Nova Scotia – One Canadian out of five live in communities along our ocean coasts and over 300,000 Canadian jobs are tied to the marine sector. Our Government recognizes that a prosperous economy depends on healthy and sustainable oceans, here in Canada and around the world. Our oceans and fisheries face fundamental threats. These challenges are global in nature and require a global response that involves scientific evidence, collaborative partnerships and concrete action.

Today, our Government demonstrated its commitment to take strong leadership against the current threats to our oceans and fisheries by taking action in the following areas:

Combatting illegal fishing: The Government of Canada will invest a total of up to $11.6 million to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing throughout the world and declares support work for the Global Fishing Watch -- an international, non-profit organization that promotes healthy, productive and resilient oceans through transparent and effective governance of its marine resources.

Fighting marine litter and plastic pollution: Today, our Government committed to diverting at least 75 per cent of the plastic waste from government operations by 2030. Additionally, our government announced a $65 million investment through the World Bank for an international fund to address plastic waste in developing countries, and another $12 million to invest in made-in-Canada innovative approaches and technologies that help to stop the flow of plastics to the oceans.

Building resilient communities: Canada will provide $60 million to help small island developing states (SIDS) build back better after extreme weather events notably by accelerating their transition to cleaner energy systems. G7 members and international organizations are supporting SIDS efforts through bilateral and multilateral initiatives. The Government of Canada initiated an online dialogue with the #CaRESforSIDS campaign to highlight the work done globally on Clean and Resilient Energy Systems (CaRES).

Our Government is taking a comprehensive all-of-government approach to make our oceans safer. For an overview of Canada’s Oceans Agenda, please visit our newly launched webpage at Canada.ca/Our-Oceans.

Today’s announcements come during the second day of the G7 ministerial meeting on the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, which is happening from September 19 to 21, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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The health of our oceans is in danger and the time to act is now. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian jobs rely on sustainable oceans. Our Government is working with our international partners, including those in the G7, to combat illegal fishing, support ocean science, and tackle marine plastics. This way, we can protect our beautiful coasts and build prosperous, stronger, and more resilient coastal communities. Healthy oceans mean a healthy, thriving and growing Canadian economy.”

Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Plastics pollution is damaging our oceans, lakes and rivers, here in Canada and around the world. We all have a role to play in beating plastic pollution. If we don’t take action now, plastic pollution in our oceans could weigh more than fish by 2050. Our Government is proud to be taking actions that will cut plastic pollution across all its operations and supporting Canadian innovations and initiatives that will keep plastics out of our oceans and in our economy. By protecting the environment and growing the economy, we are ensuring a healthier and more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Canada is proud to bring the issue of clean and resilient energy systems to the forefront of the G7 ministerial discussions. We will work to sustain international momentum around this issue to help increase international collaboration where they are most needed around the world. This will help create energy systems that better withstand the devastating effects of severe weather events, while increasing economic growth potential, including through gender-balanced approaches.”

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources

“Taking action to protect our environment and strengthen the economy is a priority for Canada, and leadership starts at home. Reducing and diverting plastic waste from federal operations is putting solutions into action. Canada is committed to leading by example on greener government operations and delivering a low-carbon, clean-growth economy.”

Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

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Contacts

Jocelyn Lubczuk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Jocelyn.lubczuk@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
343-548-7863

Caroline Thériault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
caroline.theriault2@canada.ca

Vanessa Adams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
343-292-6811
Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

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