The federal government announced an investment of an additional $1.2 billion in its Oceans Protection Plan for 29 projects involving ocean security, science and environmental safeguards.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra made the announcement on Vancouver’s Stanley Park waterfront, saying the government was building on six years of work with Indigenous peoples and other coastal communities.
The funding is part of an additional $2 billion allocated in this year’s federal budget to renew and expand the nine-year Oceans Protection Plan.
Among the projects are plans to set up a national system for all marine pollution incidents, which includes preparing for discharges of dangerous or harmful substances from ships.
Funding will also expand Coast Guard search and rescue services in northern waters, increase scientific support for environmental emergencies and create a national oil spill research program.
Ten of these initiatives will fund or renew programs with Aboriginal communities, such as the boat volunteer initiative and search and rescue training.
The Liberal government announced the Oceans Protection Plan in 2016 to invest in science and the safety of Canada’s oceans, with a particular focus on oil spills.
Alghabra says part of the $1.2 billion will go towards developing a national network of trained emergency responders.
“A strong maritime security system is one that adapts to our changing world, protects our environment and keeps our supply changing. This investment will do just that.
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