Protecting oceans

Marine conservation targets, bioregions and protected areas, network planning, oceans management.

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Meeting our marine conservation targets

Canada has surpassed its marine conservation target of protecting ten percent of marine and coastal areas.

Marine Protected Areas

Areas established under the Oceans Act for the conservation of marine species, habitats, and ecosystems.

Marine protected area networks

Canada is working to expand its network of marine protected areas.

Other effective area-based conservation measures

Area-based measures, such as marine refuges, that contribute to the conservation of species, habitats and ecosystems.

Cold-water coral and sponge reef conservation

Canada's approach to conserving cold-water corals and sponges.

Coastal Restoration Fund

Funding for projects that help restore coastal aquatic habitats.

Mitigating the impacts of ocean noise

Addressing the impacts of human-produced underwater noise and other stressors on Canada's marine environment.

Integrated oceans management

Activities carried out by the federal government to manage Canada’s marine estate.

State of Canada’s Oceans

Public reports and technical information on current science findings about the state of Canada’s ocean ecosystems.

Why our oceans are important

What you can do to help protect our oceans.

Oceans collaboration and responsibilities

Governments and industry collaboration on ocean conservation.

Changes to the Oceans Act

Bill C-55, an Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, received Royal Assent on May 27, 2019.

What we are doing


Oceans Protection Plan

Oceans Protection Plan

Canada has the world's longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resources.

Conservation measures

Conservation measures

Marine protected areas and areas of interest for ocean protection.

State of the Arctic Ocean

State of the Arctic Ocean

Canada’s Oceans Now: Arctic Ecosystems provides new knowledge and known trends for marine areas of the Canadian Arctic.

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