May 31, 2018: Oceans Protection Plan – Regional Risk Assessment Methodology – Collaborative Workshop

You are invited to attend a collaborative drop-in workshop on May 31st in Vancouver.


As a part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has commissioned the development and testing of a risk assessment methodology for the northern coast of British Columbia, focusing on ship-source oil spills. The aim is for the risk assessment to be one element of the risk picture used in collaborative environmental response planning (Regional Response Planning initiative, being led by the Canadian Coast Guard). The results will provide response planners with information on the likely locations for ship-source oil spills and their potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts.
We are looking for input from First Nations, coastal communities and local stakeholders, to help refine the draft approach for the risk assessment. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to provide a more complete understanding of the region, including local hazards, sensitivities and other unique features.
This will be conducted in two rounds of collaborative drop-in workshops:


Round One – Risk Assessment Methodology, Tools and Areas of Concern
We are seeking your input on the proposed risk assessment approach. We would also like to carry out mapping exercises in order to seek your knowledge of local areas with:
·         Higher vessel traffic
·         Vessel hazards
·         Sensitivities (ecological, socio-cultural or economic)
The first stakeholder session will take place on May 31st at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver from 11:00am-5:00pm. As it is a drop-in session, please arrive at your convenience. We expect the average participant to spend 90 minutes at the workshop.
This will be a repeat stakeholder session with the same format as those held in Prince Rupert (May 9th) and Campbell River (May 23rd).
Round Two – Draft Risk Results – Did we get it right?
In fall 2018, we will provide a summary of the draft results, along with how input was incorporated into the findings. This will also provide an opportunity for further feedback on the overall process and approach for use on future risk assessments.
For further information on these sessions or the Risk Assessment for the northern coast of British Columbia, please contact Sophie Vallée from Transport Canada at