Bill C-55: Stronger Legal Protection for Marine Space in Canada

Bill C-55, Oceans Act, marine protection
Linda Nowlan, WCEL
Susanna Fuller, Oceans North
Sigrid Kuehnemund, WWF-Canada

In 2017, the federal government introduced amendments to the Oceans Act in Bill C-55. The amendments proposed in the Bill will provide a stronger legal foundation for improved ocean protection, by speeding up action on marine conservation, providing more certainty for industry, and incorporating lessons learned from two decades of ocean law and science development.

This brief, produced by SeaBlue Canada, outlines some of the key elements of Bill C-55 and explains how it will help enable Canada to meet its conservation targets and improve ocean protection on all coasts.

SeaBlue Canada is a coalition of six national conservation organizations including Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecology Action Centre, Oceans North, West Coast Environmental Law, and World Wildlife Fund Canada. Together, they are working to ensure that Canada’s marine and coastal protected areas are well protected and set an example for ocean conservation globally.

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