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Increase the amount of Canada’s marine and coastal areas that are protected to 5% by 2017.

Liberal Platform Page 43 October 5, 2015
Oct 2017

Canada reaches important 5% marine conservation milestone

Government News Release October 28, 2017

Canada's oceans have been part of our history, our culture and our way of life from coast to coast to coast since time immemorial. Climate change and human activity are affecting our oceans and coastlines, and humanity has a duty to protect them.

The Government of Canada committed to increase the protection of marine and coastal areas to 5% by the end of 2017, and to 10% by 2020, to ensure a healthy and sustainable marine environment now and for future generations. Today, Canada is proud to celebrate the achievement of that first major milestone.

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that Canada has now surpassed our target to protect 5% of our oceans and coastlines by 2017. New marine refuges off the coast of British Columbia and in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence in Quebec together contribute an additional 1.59% of protected ocean area to Canada’s coasts, bringing us past our domestic 5% target and closer to our international target. These refuges were created thanks to close collaboration with partners and stakeholders.

Aug 2017

Boundaries set for Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada's largest area of protected ocean

CBC News August 15, 2017

The boundaries of what is now Canada's largest marine conservation area have been announced by Ottawa, the government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

Protecting Tallurutiup Imanga, or Lancaster Sound, covers about 110,000 square kilometres of ocean — an area double the size of Nova Scotia — and represents almost two per cent of Canada's coastal marine waters. This more than doubles what was previously protected, but still falls short of the Liberals' campaign promise to protect five per cent of Canada's oceans by 2017.

Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of environment, made the announcement Thursday from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, an Arctic community of 1,600, at the edge of the sound.

Jun 2017

Federal government using fishery closures to count toward promised 5% marine conservation target

National Post June 08, 2017

Canada has moved a little closer to meeting its target to protect five per cent of the country's oceans by the end of 2017, but some are concerned about the methods the government is using to reach that goal.

To coincide with World Oceans Day, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced on Thursday that St. Anns Bank, covering 4,364 square kilometres east of Cape Breton, is officially Canada's latest marine protected area.

Altogether, Canada is now protecting 1.52 per cent of its oceans — a far cry from the five per cent target it has promised to hit in the next seven months, though LeBlanc said there's "other good news coming" that will take the country "to five per cent and a bit beyond."

Jun 2016

Canada's Plan To Reach Marine Conservation Targets

Government News Release June 08, 2016

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the Government of Canada's commitment to put in place a plan to reach its domestic and international marine conservation targets of protecting 5 percent of Canada's marine and coastal areas by 2017 and 10 percent by 2020.

Canada's approach to achieving the marine conservation targets would be guided by three foundational principles: science-based decision making; transparency; and, advancing reconciliation with Indigenous groups.