Achievements

Map: New Marine Protected Areas in Canada's High Arctic.

 Map: New Marine Protected Areas in Canada's High Arctic. (PDF)

Video: Now Protecting Nearly 14% of Canada’s Oceans and Coasts

Video: Now Protecting Nearly 14% of Canada’s Oceans and Coasts

On August 1st, 2019 Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada had surpassed its marine conservation target of 10 percent protection of marine and coastal areas. This significant achievement was reached through considerable collaborative efforts with indigenous peoples, all levels of government, marine industries and stakeholders.

To date, Canada has established 14 MPAs under the Oceans Act, three National Marine Conservation Areas, one marine National Wildlife Area, and 59 marine refuges. These areas protect 13.81% of Canada’s marine and coastal areas.

Some milestones and achievements that contribute towards the target include:

2019

2018

2017

2016

Moving forward

The Government of Canada remains committed to carrying out the work set out under the five-point plan, including the protection of large offshore areas such as the Offshore Pacific Area of Interest, identified in May 2017, west of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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