Protecting our coasts: Safer coasts

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Making Canada's coasts safer by enhancing the marine safety system and strengthening environmental response.



Investments in safety equipment and marine infrastructure in Arctic communities to ensure safer sealift and community resupply

Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is investing $94.3 million in this initiative over the next 5 years.

Improving marine safety through the Oceans Protection Plan

We are working with Indigenous and coastal communities, the marine industry and other stakeholders to develop and improve Canada's marine safety system.

Aerial surveillance is the best way to detect oil spills

Surveillance through this program reduces oil pollution at sea because ships are aware they're being watched.

Expanding capacity in environmental response and search and rescue

The Government of Canada is developing measures that will enhance marine safety, as well as prevent and improve response to marine pollution incidents. These initiatives will help keep Canadian waters and coasts safe and clean, for today's use and for future generations.

The Pilotage Act

The amendments to the Pilotage Act is another action that the Government of Canada has taken through the Oceans Protection Plan to protect our coasts and waterways, while keeping its promise to strengthen Canada’s marine safety system.

Canada's marine weather at a glance

Marine Forecasts and Warnings for Canada.

How Canada Responds to Ship-Source Oil Spills

Learn more about how the Government of Canada leads the clean-up from ship-source oil spills.

How to get compensation for a ship-source spill

In Canada, the polluter pays. Anyone in Canada who has suffered damage from ship-source oil pollution can file a claim with Canada’s Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund. If your claim is eligible, you will be compensated.