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The national Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada's coasts and waterways for future generations, while growing our economy.

How Canada is investing in the Oceans Protection Plan

How Canada is investing in the Oceans Protection Plan

Description: How Canada is investing in the Oceans Protection Plan

Since 2016, Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan has made marine shipping safer, increased protection for our marine species and coastal ecosystems, and improved Canada’s ability to prevent and respond to marine incidents. This work has been accomplished through a variety of investments in science, equipment and people, and in collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, coastal communities, the marine industry, and academia. For more results on the Oceans Protection Plan, click here.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the investments made

Improving marine safety and emergency response

  • Over $100 M to build six new search and rescue stations to increase marine incident response capacity on the east and west coasts
  • Over $67 M to lease two emergency offshore towing vessels to tow large commercial ships in distress and prevent incidents
  • Over $20 M to develop marine training programs and increase job opportunities for women, Northerners, Inuit, and Indigenous Peoples in the marine sector

Advancing research and science

  • Over $45 M to expand research on alternative oil-spill response technology to limit potential harm to the environment
  • Over $17 M for new weather modelling which improves oil-spill tracking and supports a more effective incident response

Building meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples

  • Over $62 M to create a web-based system that provides Indigenous and coastal communities with near real-time data to help them see what is going on in their marine environment for safety, decision-making, and planning
  • Over $6.4 M to help Indigenous communities purchase search and rescue boats as well as supplies to enhance their role in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Over $64 M to improve and upgrade critical re-supply operations for food and goods to northern communities

Healthier coasts and protecting marine species

  • Over $70 M to restore the health of over 60 aquatic habitats nationally
  • Over $8 M to assess and remove over 300 hazardous abandoned boats across Canada which threaten navigation and the environment

*Investment dollars displayed reflect announced funding amounts current as of March 2021.

Pictured: Map of Canada; a coast guard vessel; two tugboats; two weather buoys; two Southern Resident killer whales; a school of fish; a search and rescue boat; hands holding a digital map displayed on a tablet; a bulk carrier ship; a seal with a school of fish, and an abandoned boat.


Oceans Protection Plan - Funding graphic

Description: Oceans Protection Plan - Funding graphic

$1.5 Billion

$278 Million - Improved emergency preparedness and response

  • Establishing 24/7 emergency response and incident management
  • Increasing on-scene environmental response capacity
  • Improving oil spill response plans

$250 Million - Increased Canadian Coast Guard capacity for prevention and response

  • Acquiring new environmental response equipment
  • Increasing emergency tow capacity to respond to ships in distress
  • Building six new lifeboat stations and an inshore rescue boat station
  • Establishing a new Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia

$338 Million - Stronger ecosystem conservation

  • Restoring coastal aquatic habitats through the Coastal Restoration Fund
  • Researching the effects of marine shipping on six ecosystems in Canada
  • Addressing the threats to marine mammals from vessel noise and collisions
  • Removing and preventing abandoned and derelict vessels

$161 Million - Greater marine protection for Canada’s Arctic

  • Investing in safety equipment and marine infrastructure in northern communities
  • Expanding the National Aerial Surveillance Program to detect oil spills in the Arctic
  • Increasing the Canadian Coast Guard presence in the Arctic

$207 Million – Enhanced prevention with safer navigation and vessel tracking

  • Investing in modern hydrography and charting of Canada’s ports
  • Investing in Canada’s space-based Automated Information System to better track ships
  • Sharing near real-time information on marine traffic with Indigenous and coastal communities

$81 Million - Engaged Canadians and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples

  • Building meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Expanding marine training opportunities for Indigenous Peoples through the Marine Training Contribution Fund
  • Engaging Canadians to improve their understanding of Canada’s marine safety system

$103 Million - Increased marine research and science

  • Improving understanding of how oil behaves in water
  • Enhancing ocean models of winds, waves and currents, to help responders track spills and predict their path
  • Expanding research on oil-spill response technology

$56 Million - Modernized marine safety regulations and operations

  • Updating The Pilotage Act, which governs marine pilots in Canada
  • Modernizing Canada’s marine safety regulation and enforcement regime
  • Increasing Canada’s representation in international marine safety initiatives

For more information, please visit the Oceans Protection Plan interactive map.

*program spending rounded to nearest million