Government of Canada extends pilot project to develop maritime information system for coastal communities
“Under the Oceans Protection Plan and the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, the Government of Canada is taking an innovative approach to improving marine safety and a more collaborative approach to protecting our coasts. The near real-time information being provided to coastal communities makes our coasts and waterways safer than ever before.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
The Government of Canada has announced over 50 initiatives under the Oceans Protection Plan since its launch in November 2016.
The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, a Web-based pilot, project displays a range of real-time data on vessel traffic, weather, hydrography and marine protected areas. The information helps coastal communities better plan vessel routes, identify sensitive areas, enhance local marine safety and protect the environment.
Examples of initiatives being funded to expand the pilot project include monitoring and collecting water property data; hiring data analysts and youth science ambassadors; and installing various hardware and equipment in the pilot communities.
The Government of Canada collaborated with pilot partners for more than two years prior to the initiative launch in May 2019, to best understand what elements were important to include in the system.
In February 2019, representatives from 10 Indigenous organizations met to evaluate software proposed for developing the pilot maritime awareness information system. Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. was selected and is receiving up to $2.5 million dollars to develop the system. To date, this is the largest awarded agile procurement contract in the Government of Canada’s history. $3 million in additional funding will be provided to Fujitsu to extend the pilots to March 2022.
- Protecting our Coasts - Oceans Protection Plan
- Let’s Talk – Oceans Protection Plan
- Community Participation Funding Program
- Government of Canada Introduces new measures and enters into new partnerships for safer maritime navigation and emergency response through the Oceans Protection Plan (May 2018)
- Government of Canada and 10 Indigenous coastal communities select developer for maritime awareness information system (March 2019)
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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