March 20, 21 2018: Invitation to Oceans Protection Plan South Coast Dialogue Forum

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
  • Proactive Vessel Management
  • Response related initiatives


Other initiatives may be added as well.  A two-day session is being planned for March 20 & 21, 2018, in Vancouver. To register, please contact by February 23. 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:


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 with any with any questions related to funding opportunities and eligibility.


If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Maria Ivancic at 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.


Please be advised the regional Canadian Marine Advisory Council will be held following the South Coast Dialogue Forum, on March 22, 2018, to discuss ongoing matters related to marine safety and security. This event will be held at BCIT’s Downtown Campus, located at 555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC.