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From: Transport Canada
July 25, 2022
Canadians are proud of our oceans. With the longest coastline in the world, marine and coastal areas are essential to our livelihoods and economy right across the country. Since it was launched in 2016, the Oceans Protection Plan has strengthened protections for our coasts and wildlife, improved marine safety, and advanced partnerships with Indigenous communities.
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, and the Member of Parliament for Saint John—Rothesay, Wayne Long, announced an investment of up to $447 million to further protect and restore coastal ecosystems across Canada, as part of the next phase of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan.
Since its launch in 2016, Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan has increased protections for our marine ecosystems and species, including the restoration of 60 marine ecosystems nationally. Moving forward, the Oceans Protection Plan will continue to protect these important coastal areas through actions such as:
The Oceans Protection Plan is a Canadian success story. When Indigenous Peoples, industry, communities, academia, and government work together to protect our environment, grow our economy, and support good jobs across the country, we deliver real results. A renewed and expanded Oceans Protection Plan will keep our oceans and coasts healthy, advance reconciliation, and build a clean future for our children and grandchildren.
“Through the Oceans Protection Plan, we are working to keep our waters clean and protect the rich biodiversity and ecological integrity of Canada’s marine ecosystems. By collaborating on these initiatives with Indigenous Peoples, industry, and communities, we can make a difference for generations to come”.
The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport
“Waterways and coastlines have always played a crucial role in the lives of Canadians. This next phase of the Oceans Protection Plan is continuing the important work of ensuring Canada’s three oceans are healthy, protected, and safe. From responding to marine emergencies to restoring aquatic ecosystems, we’ll be working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities to protect Canada’s mariners, waterways, and shorelines now, and for the generations to come.”
The Honourable Joyce Murray
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“By continuing to invest in our science, we are strengthening our knowledge, understanding and protection of the marine environment. Canadians can be assured that these investments mean that we can provide the best available advice and information to on-the-ground responders to reduce potential impacts from pollution emergencies.”
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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