Compensation for ship-source oil spills

Current status: Closed
Open on March 2, 2020 and closed on June 30, 2020.

In Canada, the polluter pays for losses or damage caused by oil spills from ships. This is part of Canada’s rules and regulations for liability and compensation. We recently made changes to the Marine Liability Act to make sure all eligible claims from any spill are compensated.

We’d like you to tell us how an oil spill caused by a ship could cause damage or losses to your community.

Join in: how to participate

Share your ideas

Register at Let’s Talk Transportation to provide your comments on discussion questions or upload a document through the Submission tab on Let’s Talk: Compensation for Ship-source Oil Spills.

Who is the focus of this consultation?

All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations. Those with a particular interest may include:

  • Municipal representatives
  • Indigenous groups
  • Coastal communities
  • Marine industry stakeholders
  • Federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies

Key questions for discussion

  1. If a ship spills oil in Canadian waters, what possible losses to your community, that are currently ineligible for compensation, concern you most?
  2. If a ship spills oil in Canadian waters, what potential longer-term, non-economic impacts (e.g. those that may last longer than 2 years) most concern you?
  3. How can compensation be used to reduce the impact of the potential losses that you described?

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Transport Canada
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Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N5