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Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan: Year in review - Subscriber Access Only

By BCShippingNews 05 November 2017

Canada’s coasts and waterways are an important facet of Canadian life and culture, especially in British Columbia. In November 2016, the Government of Canada launched the historic $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan, the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, while also growing our economy.

The Government of Canada takes pride in collaborating with Indigenous groups, provincial and municipal governments, coastal communities, and the marine industry. In the last year, the government has launched more than a dozen innovative initiatives and, in the coming years, will continue to dedicate resources to improve Canada’s marine safety system, build and enhance emergency response capacity, and protect the marine environment. This is the first plan of its kind, dedicated to protecting our oceans.

The Oceans Protection Plan’s initiatives and associated investments will have a positive impact on British Columbia, from protecting local whale populations and removing abandoned boats, to enhancing 24/7 emergency response capacity.

Protecting the environment and responding to marine emergencies

Creating response plans tailored to local needs and conditions improves our ability to respond to a spill. The Regional Response Planning initiative pilot project aims to develop a risk-based approach to environmental response planning in northern British Columbia. It will allow for data collections in other key areas nationally. The pilot project is tailored to the unique conditions and risks that exist in the region. Planning is done in collaboration with Indigenous and coastal communities, as well as stakeholders, other levels of government, and private sector organizations.