World Oceans Day and the Oceans Protection Plan


Hello everyone. Bonjour à tous.

From the air we breathe and the food we eat, to the land we call home – Canada’s coasts and oceans are essential to our survival and part of our identity.

We know first‑hand the benefits of healthy waters, and the consequences of what happens when we neglect them.

If we fail to act now, we risk losing more than we can measure in a science lab or an environmental report.

Our coastlines and oceans are critical to our environment, to our economy, and to all Canadians.

And that’s why we need to continue to protect them.

Nous devons protéger nos océans.

On this World Oceans Day, I am proud to announce the release of the fourth Report to Canadians.

This report, published every year since the creation of the Oceans Protection Plan, highlights our progress to protect our coasts.

For example, since launching in 2016, the Oceans Protection Plan has:

  • made marine shipping safer,
  • introduced stronger environmental protections,
  • help protect endangered species, like Southern Resident killer whales,
  • and improved how we prevent and respond to marine incidents, like oil spills.

But, our work isn’t done yet.

We all share the responsibility to keep our oceans, coastlines, and seas healthy.

It is the little things we can all do – like using fewer plastic bags and bottles, choosing more reusable packaging, and buying sustainable seafood – that can make a world of difference for our oceans and waterways.

Our government is also taking action to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.

This will protect our waters, reduce pollution, and create jobs.

As we look towards renewing the Oceans Protection Plan, we will continue working collaboratively to ensure Canada’s oceans are protected for generations to come.

Today and every day, let’s do our part to protect our oceans, coasts, and seas

Happy World Oceans Day!

Bonne Journée mondiale de l'océan!