Government of Canada introduces new measures to protect the marine environment and coastal communities in Canada’s Arctic
“Today, the Government of Canada has taken additional steps to protect the health of our Arctic coast and water and enhance the safety and security of marine resupply operations that Northern communities rely on to receive up to 95% of their goods. The measures we are announcing today will protect Canada’s Arctic coast and water for future generations and continue to provide critical jobs and employment.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
“Our government is proud to be implementing the Oceans Protection Plan, a historic, $1.5-billion investment to help keep our oceans safe and clean. Under this plan, we are expanding the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Arctic, particularly through Indigenous participation. We look forward to continued consultation on this important project, which will see increased emergency response capacity in the Arctic and provide a meaningful opportunity for Indigenous communities to protect their marine areas for future generations.”
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
The Federal Investments in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities Initiative will support safer community resupply operations in northern coastal communities by funding safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure, along with training to use and maintain it.
Community Participation Funding Program will be made available to eligible Indigenous groups, non-profit organizations, and local communities, with a maximum of $50,000 per recipient, per engagement opportunity. Funding will help these groups contribute local knowledge and expertise, e.g., local conditions and environmental sensitivities, to support activities aimed at improving Canada’s marine transportation system.
Enhancing National Aerial Surveillance Program Arctic operations will mean greater local marine pollution reporting, search and rescue capacity and satellite monitoring of vessels.
The Canadian Coast Guard has begun identifying locations for the expanded Arctic chapter of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary that will include up to eight new community response boats.
The Oceans Protection Plan will create long term training and jobs for Indigenous communities across Canada, ensuring a meaningful role in emergency response and waterway management that protects their communities and livelihoods, while addressing their concerns about marine shipping.
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
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Office of the Minister
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