The Role of the Canadian Government in the Oceans Sector

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Foreword by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

As the lead federal Minister responsible for the management of our oceans, I am pleased to release this catalogue of federal activities in the oceans sector.

The purpose of the document is to provide Canadians with easy access, under one cover, to information about the various roles the federal government plays within Canada’s oceans sector. Although the individual details of each federal activity are beyond the scope of this work, the paper is intended to provide the reader with a broad understanding of the total federal oceans program.

So much has happened in the oceans sector since the first time this document was published, in 1997. Canada’s Oceans Act — a world first in comprehensive legislation for oceans management — was new in 1997. Since then, we have developed Canada’s Oceans Strategy, Canada’s Oceans Action Plan and a number of Health of the Oceans Initiatives.

Another difference from 1997 is that all this information is available on the worldwide Web. I hope that you will browse the Department’s Web site to learn more about the activities and opportunities that we appreciate as a maritime nation. A companion piece to this document, Role of the Provincial and Territorial Governments in the Oceans Sector, is available on this Web site.


The Honourable Gail Shea,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Federal Departments, Agencies and other Organizations with Oceans-Related Activities (30)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ACOA
Canada Border Services Agency CBSA
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency CEAA
Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA
Canadian Heritage CH
Canadian International Development Agency CIDA  
Canadian Space Agency CSA
Canadian Transportation Agency CTA
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec CED
Environment Canada EC
Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada DFAIT
Health Canada HC
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada INAC
Industry Canada IC
International Development Research Centre IDRC
Justice Canada DoJ
National Defence and Canadian Forces DND/CF
National Energy Board NEB
National Research Council of Canada NRC
Natural Resources Canada NRCan
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC
Parks Canada Agency PC
Public Works and Government Services Canada PWGSC
Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SSHRC
Transport Canada TC
Transportation Safety Board of Canada TSB
Western Economic Diversification Canada WD
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