Maritime Commerce Resilience

The global maritime transportation system moves over 90 per cent of the world’s commerce. In Canada, the marine industry generates close to $10 billion of economic activity each year. It also supports 250,000 direct and indirect jobs. A major or long-term disruption to Canada’s marine transportation system could have severe impacts both within Canada and beyond its borders.

To reduce these potential impacts, Maritime Commerce Resilience (MCR) planning seeks to ensure that the maritime sector has the tools, resources and knowledge to prepare for and respond efficiently and effectively to disruptions. Resilience planning improves the marine industry’s ability to recover following a disruption, and helps enhance Canada’s global competitiveness and marketability as a reliable and strong trading partner.   

Maritime Commerce Resilience plans help to ensure that:

  • Maritime commerce continues or resumes as quickly as possible after a disruption;
  • Maritime supply chain stakeholders are aware of emergency and communication processes and protocols; and
  • Maritime operations and trade recover to their pre-disruption state after a terrorist attack, emergency or natural disaster.

To help the marine industry (including ports, terminals, shipping lines, labour associations, pilotage authorities, chambers of shipping and utility providers) develop resiliency plans, Transport Canada has developed a MCR Getting Started Guide, which includes information, tools and resources to begin organizational or regional-level resilience planning.

To order your copy of the MCR Getting Started guide, please provide your contact information below or contact us at:

Mailing Address:
Maritime Commerce Resilience
Marine Safety and Security
Transport Canada
112 Kent Street, 14th Floor
Place de Ville, Tower B
K1A 0N5

Phone: 613-998-1850
Toll Free: 1-855-287-4304 
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-855-242-3312
Fax: 613-998-9010