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 aerial surveillance to detect pollution and monitor endangered species, including whales.
Modernizing the Canada Shipping Act to close critical gaps in the marine safety system.
Implementing new regulations for marine pilotage in Canada.
Establishing a national framework for emergency assistance for ships.
Implementing laws and regulations to safely ship oil in Northern B.C.
Investing in safety improvements to Arctic sealift and resupply for northern communities.
Strengthening Canada’s domestic oversight of regulated vessels—including tugs, small fishing vessels, small passenger vessels, and workboats.
Developing a process to review navigation safety for new major marine transportation projects.
Hydrography is the science of surveying and charting bodies of water. This initiative will advance surveying and charting in the Arctic.
Modernizing Canada’s current ship inspection programs to improve efficiencies and minimize risks to marine safety and the environment.
Helping recreational boaters be aware of safety rules while on the water.