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Protecting Canada’s oceans by 2025 and beyond


Whether you live next to the ocean or not, oceans play a key role in our lives. They feed us, create jobs in our communities, and sustain life itself by producing over half the oxygen we breathe.

Healthy oceans are critical to fighting climate change and protecting marine life. That’s why Canada has committed to conserving 25% of our marine and coastal areas by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

We're not doing it alone.

Provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, marine industries, environmental organizations and academia are working with us to help reach these ambitious targets.

There are plenty of actions you can take too.

Our oceans need us. See how you can help.

Get involved

Get involved in ocean conservation activities across the country.

Have your say

Participate in ocean-related consultations.

What we've done

As of January 2023, Canada has protected 14.66% of its oceans, totaling 842,822 km². We did this through:

What we are doing now

The plan for reaching our new marine conservation targets is well underway. Our work remains grounded in science, traditional Indigenous knowledge, and local perspectives.

Find out more about our path to 2025 and how our partners and stakeholders are helping us get there.

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