The Role of the Canadian Government in the Oceans Sector

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Foreword by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

As the lead federal Minister responsible for the management of our oceans, I am pleased to release this catalogue of federal activities in the oceans sector.

The purpose of the document is to provide Canadians with easy access, under one cover, to information about the various roles the federal government plays within Canada’s oceans sector. Although the individual details of each federal activity are beyond the scope of this work, the paper is intended to provide the reader with a broad understanding of the total federal oceans program.

So much has happened in the oceans sector since the first time this document was published, in 1997. Canada’s Oceans Act — a world first in comprehensive legislation for oceans management — was new in 1997. Since then, we have developed Canada’s Oceans Strategy, Canada’s Oceans Action Plan and a number of Health of the Oceans Initiatives.

Another difference from 1997 is that all this information is available on the worldwide Web. I hope that you will browse the Department’s Web site to learn more about the activities and opportunities that we appreciate as a maritime nation. A companion piece to this document, Role of the Provincial and Territorial Governments in the Oceans Sector, is available on this Web site.

Signature

The Honourable Gail Shea,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans


Federal Departments, Agencies and other Organizations with Oceans-Related Activities (30)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC www.agr.gc.ca
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ACOA www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca
Canada Border Services Agency CBSA www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency CEAA www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca
Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA www.inspection.gc.ca
Canadian Heritage CH www.canadianheritage.gc.ca
Canadian International Development Agency CIDA www.acdi-cida.gc.ca
Canadian Space Agency CSA www.asc-csa.gc.ca
Canadian Transportation Agency CTA www.cta-otc.gc.ca
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec CED www.dec-ced.gc.ca
Environment Canada EC www.ec.gc.ca
Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada DFAIT www.international.gc.ca
Health Canada HC www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada INAC www.ainc-inac.gc.ca
Industry Canada IC www.ic.gc.ca
International Development Research Centre IDRC www.idrc.ca
Justice Canada DoJ www.justice.gc.ca
National Defence and Canadian Forces DND/CF www.forces.gc.ca
National Energy Board NEB www.neb-one.gc.ca
National Research Council of Canada NRC www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Natural Resources Canada NRCan www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC www.nserc.gc.ca
Parks Canada Agency PC www.pc.gc.ca
Public Works and Government Services Canada PWGSC www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SSHRC www.sshrc.ca
Transport Canada TC www.tc.gc.ca
Transportation Safety Board of Canada TSB www.tsb.gc.ca
Western Economic Diversification Canada WD www.wed.gc.ca
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