Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program: Overview

In November 2016, Canada launched a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan. The plan aims to:

  • protect Canada's marine environment;
  • improve marine safety and responsible shipping; and
  • offer new possibilities for Indigenous and coastal communities.

The plan includes a comprehensive program to reduce abandoned and wrecked vessels and to minimize the associated risks of environmental harm.

The Government of Canada has launched 2 programs to address legacy vessels of concern: Transport Canada's Abandoned Boats Program, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' Small Craft Harbours (SCH) Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program.

Program summary

The SCH Abandoned and Wrecked Vessels Removal Program will provide up to $1.325 million over 5 years to Harbour Authorities and other eligible recipients to remove and dispose of abandoned and/or wrecked vessels located in small craft harbours owned by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Eligible recipients may receive up to 100% of their total eligible costs for gaining legal possession of a vessel and for assessing the cost of removal and disposal of the vessel, and up to 75% for activities to undertake the removal and disposal of an abandoned and wrecked vessel in a small craft harbour.

Application deadlines

Deadline for applications for activities to be undertaken in 2019-2020: March 15, 2019

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