Protecting our coasts: Oceans Protection Plan

Oceans Protection Plan

Working in partnership to protect our coasts and waterways for generations to come


Safer Marine Shipping


A world-leading marine safety system

Better Protected Marine Species


Preserving and restoring marine ecosystems

Stronger Incident Response


Preventing accidents and pollution

Meaningful Indigenous Collaboration


Indigenous partnerships



Canada’s coasts and waterways are part of our identity.

For some of us, they’re a workplace. For others, they’re a place to call home. But to all Canadians, they’re a source of life, inspiration, and pride.

That’s why the Government of Canada launched the Oceans Protection Plan in 2016.

Since then, our coasts and waterways are better protected from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

There are over 50 initiatives under the Plan, and they have: 

  • made marine shipping safer
  • built stronger partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities on marine safety
  • improved training, prevention, and response to marine incidents
  • and increased protection and restoration of our marine ecosystems

The list goes on, but one thing is for certain: Canada’s coasts and waterways are safer and healthier for everyone.

Thanks to the Oceans Protection Plan, all Canadians are working together to protect our oceans for generations to come.

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Together, with Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities, industry, and researchers, we are doing our part to keep our coasts and waterways healthy, clean, and safe.

Click on a region to learn more about what the Oceans Protection Plan has accomplished so far.


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