Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation.
The Polar Code addresses the unique hazards encountered by certain vessels that operate in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Code and Canada’s new regulations include a variety of safety and pollution prevention measures, including those related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations and crew training. Drawing from decades of experience as an Arctic regulator, Canada played a key leadership role in developing the Polar Code at the International Maritime Organization.
In addition, Transport Canada is taking action to protect our coasts and support safe and responsible shipping in Arctic waters through the Oceans Protection Plan. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced in August 2017 more than $175 million in funding to help protect Arctic waters.