Safer marine traffic

An effective marine safety system prevents marine incidents and ship-source pollution, responds quickly when they occur, and preserves and restores the local environment. Canada's marine safety system is world-leading and designed to do each of these things.

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, our marine safety system is even stronger by using new scientific research, technology, and equipment. We've also greatly benefitted from engaging and forming partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, the marine industry, and scientists.

Actions being taken

Expanding the National Aerial Surveillance Program 

Expanding aerial surveillance to detect pollution and monitor endangered species, including whales.

Modernizing the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Modernizing the Canada Shipping Act to close critical gaps in the marine safety system. 


Establishing a National Pilotage Certification Program

Implementing new regulations for marine pilotage in Canada. 

Expanding the Places of Refuge Program 

Establishing a national framework for emergency assistance for ships.


Implementing The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

Implementing laws and regulations to safely ship oil in Northern B.C.   

Investing in safety equipment and marine infrastructure in northern communities

Investing in safety improvements to Arctic sealift and resupply for northern communities.  


Strengthening domestic vessel oversight

Strengthening Canada’s domestic oversight of regulated vessels—including tugs, small fishing vessels, small passenger vessels, and workboats.

Creating an Enhanced Navigation Safety Assessment Program

Developing a process to review navigation safety for new major marine transportation projects.


Advancing hydrography in the Arctic and coastal communities

Hydrography is the science of surveying and charting bodies of water. This initiative will advance surveying and charting in the Arctic.

Strengthening Canada’s ship inspections

Modernizing Canada’s current ship inspection programs to improve efficiencies and minimize risks to marine safety and the environment.


Extending the Office of Boating Safety

Helping recreational boaters be aware of safety rules while on the water.