Consultation overview: Adding new contraventions to the Canada Marine Act

This online consultation was held from March 18 to April 14, 2021 on Transport Canada’s Consultations website. The consultation material consisted of:

  • a profile page summarizing the proposal
  • a background document providing more context on the proposal
  • examples of the proposed contraventions

To start the discussion, we asked stakeholders and the general public to answer these questions:

  • Which parts of the Canada Marine Act and its regulations should we issue tickets for?
  • Do you expect any challenges for making these changes? Why?
  • In your opinion, would these changes negatively affect some people or groups of people?
  • What do you think about the range of fines that we’re proposing?

What we heard

We included examples of some of the new contraventions to help participants understand the types of offences that we would like to add to Schedule 1 of the Contraventions Regulations. The entire list of proposed offences to be designated was not published.

Stakeholders asked for and identified provisions (parts) of the Canada Marine Act and its regulations they would like the proposal to include. Their input strongly aligned with the provisions in the proposal.

We also heard feedback on the challenges that stakeholders feel they may have implementing the proposed tickets and their consequences for those regulated by the Canada Marine Act.

Finally, stakeholders told us that they feel that the proposed penalty amounts (fines) were reasonably priced to encourage individuals and corporations to comply with the Canada Marine Act and its regulations.

Next steps

The comments we received through this process have been recorded and will be considered as Transport Canada develops regulations.

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