Canada’s oceans get $1.5 bil­lion over five years for ma­rine pro­tec­tion plan

Toronto Star - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER— The fed­eral govern­ment an­nounced a $1.5-bil­lion ma­rine safety plan Mon­day that Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says will make Canada a world leader in pro­tect­ing the Pa­cific, At­lantic and Arc­tic oceans.

The money will be spent over five years start­ing in 2017-18 and in­cludes fund­ing to cre­ate a ma­rine safety sys­tem, restor­ing ma­rine ecosys­tems and us­ing new meth­ods and re­search to clean up oil spills.

Trudeau said the fund­ing will strengthen the Cana­dian Coast Guard, get tough on pol­lu­tion from in­dus­try, fund coastal habi­tat restora­tion and cre­ate new leg­is­la­tion to in­crease re­spon­si­bil­ity for ves­sel own­ers.

The an­nounce­ment comes just a day af­ter a barge flipped and sank not far from the site on Bri­tish Columbia’s cen­tral coast, where a tug ran aground last month, spilling more than 100,000 litres of diesel fuel from its tanks.

The prime min­is­ter says be­cause Canada has the long­est coast­line in the world, it’s vi­tal to have a plan to en­sure pro­tec­tion in mod­ern and ad­vanced ways.

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