Protecting our oceans, lakes, rivers, and waterways.
What we’ve done:
Passing Bill C-48 to safeguard British Columbia’s north coast by introducing a crude oil tanker moratorium.
Increased the proportion of marine and coastal areas that are protected to 5%.
Established the $325 million Atlantic Fisheries Fund that will help support the future of the fish and seafood industry by creating marketing projects and increasing employment to middle-class Canadians in coast communities.
Delivering a historic $1.5 billion investment to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways with the Oceans Protection Plan.
Consulted with Canadians and leading experts at Let’s Talk Whales on ways to help three endangered species of whales in Canada.
Invested $6.85 million over five years in the Abandoned Boats Program that cleans up abandoned or wrecked boats from small craft harbours.
Reopened the Kitsilano Coast Guard Base that was closed by the previous government—since reopening in April 2016, Kitsilano Base has dealt with more than 470 Search and Rescue calls and over 150 environmental response tasks.
There’s more work to:
Increase the proportion of protected marine and coastal areas to 10% by 2020.
Acting on the recommendations of the Cohen Commission on restoring sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser River.
Reviewing the previous government’s changes to the Fisheries and Navigable Waters Protection Acts to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards.
Adding two new tow vessels for the West Coast and emergency tow kits on 25 of the Canadian Coast Guard’s large vessels across Canada.
Review the environmental assessment process and introduce a new process that will: Restore oversight of thorough environmental assessments under federal jurisdiction.
Ensure decisions are science, fact, and evidence-based.
Provide ways for Canadians to express views and opportunities and have meaningful participation with experts.
Require that all projects are required to use the best technologies available to reduce environmental impacts.
Examining the implications of climate change on Arctic Marine ecosystems.
Reviewing the Pilotage Act to ensure safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible marine pilotage services.