Canada’s coastlines are a source of inspiration and pride. Even for Canadians living inland, many of the jobs that support middle-class families, and the products used every day, depend on Canada’s waterways.
The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan strategy launched in November 2016 is delivering the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.
The Canadian Coast Guard will establish seven new lifeboat stations (four in BC) — an investment of $108.1 million over five years with ongoing funding of $12.2 million.
The Canadian Coast Guard will also create 24/7 emergency management and response capacity within the three existing Regional Operations Centres across Canada to better plan and coordinate effective response during an incident. Minister LeBlanc also announced a five year, $75 million national Coastal Restoration Fund. This program will support marine habitat restoration priorities and address threats to marine species located on Canada’s coasts and waterways.
Projects will be selected and announced in the coming weeks so restoration activities can begin as soon as this summer and early fall.
These will ensure Canada is better equipped, better regulated, and better prepared to protect its marine environment and coastal communities.
- The Canadian Coast Guard will establish seven new lifeboat stations — four in British Columbia: in the areas of Victoria, Hartley Bay, Port Renfrew, and Nootka; and two new stations in Newfoundland and Labrador: in the area of Twillingate and Bay de Verde. In addition, the former Maritime Communications and Traffic Services station in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, will be refurbished to become a search and rescue lifeboat station.
- The Canadian Coast Guard will create 24/7 emergency response capacity within existing Regional Operations Centres in Victoria, Montreal and St. John’s. These centres, along with the new 24/7 capacity of the Coast Guard National Command Centre in Ottawa, will monitor, assess, and deliver tasking and reporting functions focused primarily on Coast Guard assets and emergency response management, including marine pollution incidents.
- The Coastal Restoration Fund will support planning for, and the rehabilitation of, important coastal habitats used by fish species including at risk marine mammals. Areas such as eelgrass beds, estuaries, and other coastal habitat locations along Canada’s coastlines will be eligible.
- Marine pilotage is a service where marine pilots take control of a vessel and navigate it through our ports and waterways. In Canada, once a vessel enters a compulsory pilotage area, under law, the vessel is obligated to have a Canadian marine pilot to guide its transit through the area. Over 99% of marine pilotage trips in Canadian waters under the current Pilotage Act are executed without incident.
- It is estimated that there are more than 600 abandoned boats across Canada.
- Lifeboat Stations and 24/7 Emergency Response at ROCs
- Coastal Restoration Fund
- Addressing Canada’s Abandoned Boats
- Pilotage Act Review