Canadian Coast Guard improves collaboration with local communities on incident response

Canadian Coast Guard

Ottawa, Ontario – Partnerships, collaboration, and communication are key drivers to ensuring Canada has a strong safety system in place to protect our oceans. The Canadian Coast Guard is modernizing how we collaborate with coastal communities and share information about Canada’s waterways.

Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced $24 million in funding under the Oceans Protection Plan to implement and expand the Canadian Coast Guard’s Communication Portal for Integrated Incident Response initiative across Canada. This digital tool will enable better communication, information sharing, and collaboration with partners and affected communities during on-water emergencies and exercises. The Communication Portal for Integrated Incident Response will focus on environmental response, and will later expand to include search and rescue operations and vessels of concern.

Equipping Indigenous and coastal communities across Canada with this tool will empower their capacity for safety, preparedness and response by facilitating a partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard and offering open and transparent access to information about their local waters.

The Oceans Protection Plan is a Canadian success story. When Indigenous Peoples, industry, communities, academia, and government work together to protect our environment, grow our economy, and support good jobs across the country, we deliver real results. A renewed and expanded Oceans Protection Plan will keep our oceans and coasts healthy, advance reconciliation, and build a clean future for our children and grandchildren.

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