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Establishing Effective Marine Protected Areas: Proposed Amendments to Bill C-55

Bill C-55 Brief
Subject: 
Oceans Act, Marine Protection
Author: 
West Coast Environmental Law Association
CPAWS
Ecology Action Centre
David Suzuki Foundation
WWF-Canada
East Coast Environmental Law
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Summary: 

In June 2017, the federal government tabled Bill C-55, proposing changes to Canada’s Oceans Act. Unfortunately, Bill C-55 does not go far enough in providing effective protection for marine protected areas (MPAs) under the Act. There is an urgent need to make essential amendments to Bill C-55 that include minimum protection standards in all MPAs, that allows for Indigenous governance or co-governance, and that speeds up protection of marine areas through MPA network planning and broad designations.

This brief summarizes the key amendments to Bill C-55 requested by West Coast Environmental Law Association and other environmental organizations, in order to ensure lasting protection for ocean species and the habitats on which they depend.

Publication Date: 
October, 2017
Publication Pages: 
2
Publication Format: 
PDF