Bernadette Jordan—minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard—is inviting all Canadians to provide input on the federal government’s Blue Economy Strategy.
A Blue Economy Strategy will enable the Government of Canada to protect and revitalize the health of our oceans while taking advantage of emerging economic growth opportunities throughout ocean sectors.
“A healthy ocean has more to give—it can feed more mouths, employ more people, and create more opportunities for the entire country,” said Bernadette Jordan, minister of fisheries, oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Canada needs a Blue Economy Strategy that will harness the power and potential of our oceans to create a future that is more sustainable, more prosperous, and more inclusive,” added Jordan. “The best way to ensure people are at the heart of the plan, is to have Canadians share their ideas so we can work towards this brighter future together.”
Minister Jordan is inviting feedback from all Canadians on the Blue Economy strategy. Open until June 15, 2021, this online engagement is an opportunity for Canadians to share their views on the Blue Economy Strategy in areas that interest them. This feedback will inform a strategy that is reflective of the input and needs of the communities that stand to grow and benefit the most from a strong coordinated approach to ocean investment and policy-making.
Ocean-related businesses, Indigenous people, local and provincial governments, economic development organizations, environmental groups and others are invited to visit the blue economy website where they can download the engagement toolkit to host their own blue economy roundtable discussion. The ideas generated can then be submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to inform the development of the strategy.
This consultation builds on Blue Economy Strategy engagements that were kicked off by Minister Jordan in February 2021. The engagements included a series of roundtables to discuss how the federal government can get more Canadians working on the water, in the water, and benefitting from the ocean.
Water Canada is hosting an online discussion series on The Keys to a Blue Economy. This four-part series focuses on how Canada should define its blue economy and all of the key elements that will ensure a strong national water sector. Learn more here.