Invitation to Oceans Protection Plan North Coast Dialogue Forum, Spring 2018

Feb 9 2018

On behalf of Transport Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, and Environment and Climate Change Canada, I am pleased to invite you participate in our second round of Pacific Dialogue Forums for the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan. These Forums will be an ongoing opportunity to engage on specific OPP initiatives over the next four years.

 

The Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national strategy will help establish a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines for generations to come.

 

The Oceans Protection Plan has four main priority areas:

  • Increasing our capacity to prevent and improve responses to marine incidents;
  • Preserving and restoring marine ecosystems and habitats;
  • Strengthening partnerships with Indigenous and coastal communities; and,
  • Ensuring Canada’s marine safety system is built on a stronger evidence base, supported by science and local knowledge.

 

This upcoming engagement session will seek further input of select ongoing initiatives, along with the introduction of several new initiatives. Topics of focus will include:

  • Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness
  • Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping
  • Regional Response Planning and response related initiatives
  • Proactive Vessel Management

 

Other initiatives may be added as well. A two-day session is being planned for March 8 & 9, 2018, in Prince Rupert. To register, please contact TC.OPPBCReg-PPOCBEnreg.TC@tc.gc.ca by February 15, 2018. Attendee numbers may be limited based on available space. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.

 

We consider the participation and collaboration of Indigenous groups, coastal communities, and stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations and industry, as essential to Oceans Protection Plan success.

 

Funding opportunities for eligible groups are available to support participation in engagement activities, including through Transport Canada’s Community Participation Funding Program (CPFP). More information can be found on the CPFP website at: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/Applicants-Guide-4446.html

Community Participation Funcing Program (CPFP) INFORMATION BROCHURE PDF

 

We encourage those interested in the CPFP to apply as soon as possible, as applications must be received at least 20 business days prior to the date of the event. Please contact tc.cpfp-pfpc.tc@tc.gc.ca with any questions related to funding opportunities and eligibility.

 

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Maria Ivancic at maria.ivancic@tc.gc.ca.  We look forward to working with you as these Oceans Protection Plan initiatives move forward, and encourage you to visit the Oceans Protection Plan online for additional information, updates, and engagement opportunities.