Expanding the National Aerial Surveillance Program

Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) is a key pillar in protecting Canada's coastlines and contributing to safe and efficient transportation. Its iconic red planes detect pollution and monitor endangered species, including whales, while protecting our marine environment.

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, hours of operation were increased and investments in state-of-the-art technology (such as infra-red cameras and a new surveillance radar) were made to improve aircrafts that are part of NASP.

The next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan will expand NASP surveillance efforts by investing in new technologies, aircrafts, and further increasing flight hours. Canada is expanding capacity of the NASP in the North with a new hangar and an accommodations unit in Iqaluit, which is expected to be completed by 2025.

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