Following the expiry of the two-year sailing ban on passenger ships and pleasure crafts in Canadian Arctic waters due to COVID-19, cruise shipping will resume in the 2022 season. Information about vessel activity is available through the Nunavut Planning Commission public registry at the links below.
Transport Canada has developed a Special Marine Security Notification on Canadian Sanctions Related to Russia, for information. Updates to this notification will be provided as additional information becomes available.
On March 7, 2022, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the public health framework the Government of Canada is putting in place to restart cruise ship activity in Canada.
Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and e-poster presentations for ArcticNet’s Annual Scientific Meeting taking place virtually from December 6-10, 2021.
The Government of Canada has announcement an investment of more than $40 million for the construction of a new deep-water port in Qikiqtarjuaq, providing a new option for offloading fishing vessels in Nunavut. Looking ahead, the port would also service local resupply goods and could further benefit other users, such as tourism vessels.
The Nunavut Planning Commission has released the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan and supporting Options and Recommendations document. Written submissions on the 2021 DNLUP are requested to be filed by September 30, 2021.
The Government of Canada is seeking input on the Low Impact Shipping Corridors. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Northern Low-Impact Shipping Corridors (Corridors) initiative is co-led by the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, and Canadian Hydrographic Service.
The Nunavut Marine Council has provided feedback on the Blue Economy Strategy Engagement Paper. The letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard is available under the Documents tab.
The 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress
(IMPAC5) is seeking quality proposal submissions from a broad spectrum of marine protected area practitioners, stakeholders, institutions, governments and organizations, Indigenous peoples, individuals and young professionals. Proposals for a variety of in-person and virtual formats that align with IMPAC5’s themes and streams will be considered.
The 12th Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council marks the end of the two-year Icelandic Chairmanship term. It provided an opportunity to review and approve the Council’s activities and accomplishments under the Icelandic Chairmanship. It also saw the Russian Federation assume the role of chairing the Arctic Council for the next two years. Deliverables of the Icelandic Chairmanship are available here.