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Now Protecting 14.66% of Canada’s Oceans and Coasts

Together with our partners and stakeholders across Canada, we are proud to protect 14.66% of our marine and coastal areas!

Canada has become a world leader in marine conservation, taking significant steps to protect unique and important areas in our oceans. From the Pacific to the Arctic to the Atlantic, our marine protected areas help conserve thousands of species and habitats, including delicate glass sponge reefs, narwhal and beluga whales, and dozens of seabirds and fish.

With sound science and extensive consultations, we continue to protect the health of our oceans, for the benefit of our environment, our economy, and all future generations.


Canada is an ocean nation, surrounded by water from coast to coast to coast.

Our future depends on the health of our oceans and the vast ecosystems, biodiversity, and marine life they sustain.

In 2015, less than 1% of our oceans were protected.

We committed to changing that.

In 2021, the Government of Canada invested almost $1 billion to protect the health of our oceans.

Today more than 14% of Canada’s oceans are protected.

We’re not stopping there.

We’re working with provinces, territories, Indigenous governments and peoples, industries and other Canadians to establish new marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, such as marine refuges.

We’re going to protect 25% of our oceans by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

Because healthy oceans support healthy communities.

They sustain fish and marine life, support jobs and opportunities for Canadians, and help mitigate the impacts of climate change.  

When we conserve our oceans we’re protecting Canada’s future.

Learn more about what Canada is doing to protect its oceans at

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