Canada’s coasts are home to productive ecosystems that support the livelihoods of Indigenous and coastal communities. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will bring together top researchers from across the country and around the world to increase our understanding of how oil spills behave, how best to contain them and clean them up, and how to minimize their environmental impacts.
The $45.5 million Multi-Partner Research Initiative will draw on the knowledge and experience of oil spill experts in Canada and abroad. The initiative will support at least 35 projects and give rise to new partnerships, improved knowledge and new technologies that will help raise awareness and mitigate the impacts of oil spills and other marine incidents.
While most MPRI funding will go toward research initiatives in Canada (to be announced separately), six international organizations will receive investments for 12 projects under the Multi-Partner Research Initiative: