Environment | WATER

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

Liberal Platform (Page 43) | October 5, 2015
In progress
June 8, 2017

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

National Post

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."

June 8, 2016

Canada's Plan To Reach Marine Conservation Targets

Government News Release

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.