Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is investing in the Canadian Coast Guard to ensure it has modern equipment needed to respond to environmental spills quickly and effectively.

These investments will allow the Canadian Coast Guard to continue protecting Canada’s waters, coasts, and coastal communities from marine pollution.

“Under the Oceans Protection Plan, we are providing our dedicated Canadian Coast Guard members across Canada with the best equipment possible,” said Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.

Following an open competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, has awarded a $1.7-million contract to Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd. of Oakville, Ontario for the acquisition of 10,000-feet of environmental response equipment known as Tidal Seal Boom. The contract includes options for an additional 8,200-feet.

“The Tidal Boom will ensure the Coast Guard can continue to respond quickly and efficiently in the event of an environmental emergency,” said Jordan. “These investments will help strengthen the Coast Guard and ensure it remains a world-leader in ocean protection and marine environmental response.”

“We are committed to protecting Canada’s waters through the Oceans Protection Plan,” added Anita Anand, minister of public services and procurement. “This contract is an example of how we are stimulating the Canadian economy while helping the Coast Guard better protect our oceans and coastlines by strengthening its capacity with modern and effective equipment to safely and effectively address emergency situations.”

Tidal Seal Boom acts as a barrier to protect coastal areas from spills and helps to contain pollution during active shoreline cleanup operations, according to the announcement from the Government of Canada. The boom protects the shore by automatically adjusting to changing water levels, such as high and low tides, helping to ensure pollution doesn’t reach the shoreline while cleanup crews are at work.

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“Protecting Canada’s marine environment, oceans and waterways is of paramount importance, and we continue to take action to safeguard marine life, shorelines and coastal communities,” said Marc Garneau, minister of transport. “Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has strengthened our ability to respond to threats to our marine ecosystem, and has ensured our coasts are protected with modern and efficient technologies. This new equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard is a positive step in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

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