Achievements

Map: New Marine Protected Areas in Canada's High Arctic.

Map: New Marine Protected Areas in Canada's High Arctic. (PDF)

Video: Now Protecting Nearly 14% of Canada’s Oceans and Coasts

Video: Now Protecting Nearly 14% of Canada’s Oceans and Coasts

On August 1st, 2019 Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada had surpassed its marine conservation target of 10 percent protection of marine and coastal areas. This significant achievement was reached through considerable collaborative efforts with indigenous peoples, all levels of government, marine industries and stakeholders.

To date, Canada has established 14 MPAs under the Oceans Act, three National Marine Conservation Areas, one marine National Wildlife Area, and 59 marine refuges. These areas protect 13.81% of Canada’s marine and coastal areas.

The Government of Canada is now looking beyond 2020, toward an ambitious new target of conserving 25 per cent of our marine and coastal areas by 2025, working toward 30 per cent by 2030.

Some milestones and achievements that contribute towards Canada’s marine conservation targets include:

2019

2018

2017

2016

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