Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Member of Parliament for La Prairie, Jean-Claude Poissant, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs, Marc Miller, will announce a pilot project to improve the availability of information on maritime activity.
Today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament Jean-Claude Poissant, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced that over $166,000 has been awarded to the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke to participate in a pilot project to develop, test, and evaluate a new maritime awareness information system in Canada.
In 1928, Eileen Vollick became the first Canadian woman pilot at just 19 years of age. She led the way for others. Over the following decades, women had to show tenacity and perseverance to join the transportation work force. Not always the obvious choice.
Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is making sure our coasts are protected in a modern and advanced way, and working with our Indigenous partners to achieve this goal. Canada’s coasts support Indigenous and coastal communities, enable international trade, are home to precious ecosystems, and play a key role in strengthening the economy and growing the middle class.
Wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels, including small boats, pose environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and are a concern for coastal and inland water communities across Canada. The Government of Canada, through its Oceans Protection Plan, has been taking action to deter this irresponsible practice.
Climate change affects the North more than any other part of Canada and threatens the efficiency, safety and reliability of northern transportation. Improving our understanding of how to make our northern transportation system more resilient to the effects of climate is important given the key role transportation plays in the region’s social and economic development.
Canada’s trade moves through many federal transportation assets, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, major ports, airports, and land border crossings. These are vital to the country’s trade and economic competitiveness.