Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) Engagement opportunity: Marine safety and security regulations

Current status: Open

This engagement is currently open.

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This is an opportunity to attend meetings of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) and share your views on marine safety and security.


The opportunity is open to government, the marine industry, unions and the general public.


You are invited to comment on changes to marine safety and security regulations by attending regional or national meetings of the CMAC .

The CMAC represents parties with an interest in shipping, navigation and marine pollution concerns. We advise the government on issues and opportunities related to marine safety and security, and release reports each year based on our findings.

Five regional CMAC meetings take place in the Pacific, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic, Prairie and Northern regions. The national CMAC meeting is held in Ottawa and is made up of standing committees and working groups.

CMAC standing committees

Standing Committee on Construction and Equipment

This committee discusses topics involving:

  • lifesaving and fire equipment
  • structural and electrical requirements
  • load lines
  • hulls

Standing Committee on Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight

This committee discusses regulations, policies and initiatives related to the inspection and certification of Canadian non-pleasure vessels of all sizes.

Standing Committee on the Environment

This committee discusses environmental issues facing the marine sector in Canada, with a focus on Transport Canada's regulatory program. Issues include:

  • pollution prevention
  • environmental response
  • compensation and liabilities
  • ballast water management
  • transfer of invasive species
  • climate change

Standing Committee on Fishing Vessel Safety

This committee discusses topics that involve:

  • design, construction, operation, compliance, and crewing
  • certification and training requirements for crew

Standing Committee on Marine Security

This committee discusses marine transportation system security. It advises the federal government on domestic and international marine security initiatives.

Standing Committee on Navigation and Operations

This committee discusses:

  • navigation safety
  • ship radio communications
  • cargo and ship operations

Standing Committee on Personnel

This committee discusses:

  • crewing and certification
  • seafarer welfare
  • schools and training for marine personnel
  • medical examination requirements for marine personnel
  • marine occupational health and safety (employers under federal jurisdiction)

Standing Committee on Recreational Boating

This committee discusses specific topics on recreational boating.

How to participate

There are two ways to participate in this engagement opportunity:

  1. Attend a CMAC meeting. Register using the When and where section below (information will be added closer to the date).
  2. Send your proposed agenda items to the CMAC Secretariat by email or mail.
    • All agenda submissions must include the reason for your submission and a detailed explanation of the agenda item you would like to include
    • We will accept your proposed agenda items up to six weeks before national and regional CMAC meetings
    • Late submissions will be added in a future agenda

You may also send us a request to the CMAC to receive updates on CMAC and to be added to the CMAC Secretariat stakeholder list.

When and where

We hold national and regional CMAC meetings each year.






November 13-15, 2024 Ontario (NCR) Ottawa 8:30am-5:00pm EST in-person only Registration information to come

Recently published marine regulations

Read about changes to marine safety and security–related regulations published recently in the Recently in the Canada Gazette.

Canada Gazette – Part I

Canada Gazette – Part II

To obtain a copy of the various National CMAC documents and reports, please send an email to the National CMAC Secretariat at with your request.

For the list of consultations currently underway, go to Transport Canada’s Let’s Talk Transportation webpage.

Contact the Canadian Marine Advisory Council Secretariat

Mailing address:

Transport Canada, Marine Safety and Security
330 Sparks Street
Tower C, 11th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8


To be added or removed from the National CMAC distribution list, please send an email to