Arctic Shipping Status Report Published

    The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) today issued its third Arctic Shipping Status Report – Shipping in the Northwest Passage: Comparing 2013 to 2019.

    Opportunity for Input: Low Impact Shipping Corridors

    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 Corridors initiative seeks to minimize potential effects of shipping on wildlife, respect culturally and ecologically sensitive areas, enhance marine navigation safety, and guide investments in the North.

    NMC Logo Contest Launched

    The Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) is excited to launch a contest for Nunavummiut interested in creating a logo that captures elements of marine conservation and marine shipping – the focus of our work. Entries can be submitted to, by mail, or by fax.

    Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy Launched

    Land, Water, Ocean, Us: A Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy was launched on March 16th, 2021. The National Strategy outlines 9 Action Streams that provide a common framework for action over the course of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

    New Arctic Regions’ Boundary announced

    In 2018, Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the creation of stand-alone Arctic Regions to advance reconciliation, partnerships and collaboration with Inuit, First Nation and Métis Nation organizations and governments, provinces and territories and other partners.

    NMC Feedback Provided on Ocean Noise Strategy for Canada

    The Nunavut Marine Council has provided feedback on the Ocean Noise Strategy for Canada: Discussion Document. The letter to the Marine Planning and Conservation Directorate of Fisheries and Oceans Canada is available under the Documents tab.

    Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan Report to Canadians Published

    For the past three years, the Government of Canada has been working with Canadians and Indigenous peoples through the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) to protect coasts and waterways today and for future generations, while growing the economy. The report on OPP activities is available here.

    Outcomes of Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting Announced

    The 75th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75) held November 16-20, 2020 resulted in the following outcomes:

    The Government of Canada invests in Arctic sealift and re-supply operations

    Marking the recent fourth anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced $64.9M in funding towards 15 projects that will improve sealift and re-supply services in the North, nine of which are in Nunavut, including:

    Update Received

    The Working Group on the Arctic Acoustic Environment (AAE) of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE) is planning a Virtual Conference on Acoustics in the Arctic Ocean.