Oceans Protection Plan Consultation

As a part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada has commissioned the development and testing of a risk assessment methodology for the northern coast of British Columbia, focusing on ship-source oil spills.

The results will provide response planners with information on the likely locations for ship-source oil spills and their potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts.

Transport Canada is looking for input from First Nations, coastal communities, and local stakeholders to help refine the draft approach for the risk assessment. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to provide a more complete understanding of the region, including local hazards, sensitivities, and other unique features. 

Interested parties can participate in a stakeholder consultation session on May 31st at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver from 11:00am-5:00pm. This is a drop-in session and attendees can arrive anytime during the session. Transport Canada expects the average participant to spend 90 minutes at the workshop. This will be a repeat stakeholder session with the same format as those held in Prince Rupert (May 9th) and Campbell River (May 23rd).

In fall 2018, Transport Canada will provide a summary of the draft results, along with how input was incorporated into the findings. This will also provide an opportunity for further feedback on the overall process and approach for use on future risk assessments. 

For further information on these sessions or the Risk Assessment for the northern coast of British Columbia, please contact Transport Canada staff.

Stakeholders can apply for the Government of Canada‚Äôs Community Participation Funding Program (CPFP) to support their attendance at this engagement session. 

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