Canada Commits to Coastal Protection, Tanker Safety
The Minister of Transport reintroduced in the House of Commons the Safeguarding Canada’s Seas and Skies Act, an important piece of legislation first tabled in Parliament on March 18, 2013, as part of the government of Canada’s comprehensive measures to establish a World-Class Tanker Safety System.
“As the Speech from the Throne reiterated this week, our government remains committed to protecting Canada’s coasts and shores and building a world-class tanker safety system in Canada”, said the Honorable Lisa Ratite, Minister of Transport.
Proposed amendments to the Marine Liability Act will fill a critical gap in the current liability and compensation regime and implement a new international convention that covers incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances carried by ships. In addition, proposed amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 will strengthen the current requirements for spill prevention and preparedness at oil handling facilities; increase Transport Canada’s oversight and enforcement capacity; and enhance response to oil spill incidents.
“As part of our plan for Responsible Resource Development, our government is enhancing Canada’s tanker safety system to ensure it meets world-class standards,” said the Honorable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “The Safeguarding Canada’s Seas and Skies Act is an important step in ensuring the safe and reliable transport of Canada’s natural resources.”