Ottawa, Ontario – Canada, the world’s longest coastline and connected to three oceans, is a global leader in the blue economy – ensuring good, middle-class job-creating economies, healthy oceans and sustainable marine industries.
Input from coastal communities and across the country is needed to create a blue economy that will benefit Canadians from coast to coast. That is why today, Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard officially launched the engagement phase in the development of Canada’s blue economic strategy. Whether through the new products and technologies to improve the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry, whether to explore the renewable potential of the sea for the transition to net zero emissions, to promote sustainable tourism in coastal areas, to promote international trade or to develop new green technologies and practices at sea – all sectors are our responsibility to all Canadians And has a preferred interest in determining whether to cultivate in a sustainable manner.
To begin the engagement, the Minister will present a series of virtual circular tables with marine inventors, academics, women and global leaders, and the fishing and aquaculture industry. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) a Blue Economic Strategy website today, Canadians will be invited to provide their views and input. The engagement will continue until June 15, 2021, and the feedback received will inform the development of this whole government strategy, which will be released in the fall. Canada’s blue economic strategy is expected to contribute to sustainable waters, encourage investment in our marine industries, and create employment in coastal communities as Canada lists economic recovery from COVID-19.
More than seven million people live along the coasts of Canada, and our marine industries account for approximately approximately one year of Canada’s GDP each year. 31.7 billion. With vast ocean sites and extensive ocean research capabilities, we are in a jealous position to use more marine development potential in the coming years – the suggestions launched today are the first step in this important process.
“Canada’s blue economy should not be second to anyone. That is why we are developing a strategy to make our marine industries more sustainable, more productive and prosperous. It is to create more long – term opportunities for our coastal communities by working with coastal regulations. Canadians understand that it is essential, and that creating a prosperous, sustainable maritime economy is no different.
Hon’ble Bernard Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
“A blue economic strategy means long – term prosperity for coastal and tribal communities. A comprehensive strategy will reflect the input of all Canadians and further protect our maritime resources while increasing our competitiveness.”
Hon’ble Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources
“Our government understands that Canadians have always had strong ties to our beaches and waterways. The Blue Economic Strategy restructures and completes the implementation of Canada’s Ocean Protection Program. Enhances responsible shipping, protects Canada’s waters, and strengthens response. ”
Hon’ble Omar Alcabra, Minister of Transport
“The oceans are an important lifeline for indigenous peoples in northern Canada and the Arctic, from hunting, to fishing, to providing supplies by lift. Canada’s blue economic strategy needs to reflect the individual needs of the first countries in the North, the Inuit and Medes communities. This will help drive future measures to conserve this water while improving economic opportunities. That is why we need partners from all over Canada to engage in the development of this important strategy. ”
Hon’ble Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs
“If Canada is going to be a leader in the blue economy, we must continue to develop new technologies and solutions that will allow us to increase productivity in our maritime sectors, while at the same time improving their security to ensure sustainability. Our world-leading marine-inventors will play a key role in the future of our maritime sectors.”
Hon’ble Franசois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“As our maritime economy continues to grow and have a comprehensive blue economic strategy, we can ensure that our activities and investments are coordinated to ensure the systematic maintenance of Canada’s blue resources.
Honorable Melanie Jolie, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
The World Bank defines the blue economy as the sustainable use of marine resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs and marine ecological health.
Prior to COVID-19, Canada’s maritime economy contributed significantly to national gross domestic product (GDP), generating about $ 31.7 billion (1.6 percent of GDP) annually and adding nearly 300,000 jobs to a wide range of sectors.
The DFO will continue to work with federal partners including Transport Canada, Innovation, Scientific and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Infrastructure Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Regional Development Agencies and more. Full government federal effort.
Indigenous people will be involved through ministerial and sectoral roundtables, and all Indigenous people will be able to share their views on how a blue economic strategy can best achieve their economic and environmental priorities through an online engagement website. Indigenous peoples bring vast knowledge and valuable experience that give them a long and close relationship with the oceans of Canada.
The Government of Canada has taken strong action and leadership in the field of maritime security and defense. This includes ongoing activities under the Ocean Protection Program and a public commitment to protect 25 percent of Canada’s maritime and coastal areas by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030. This comprehensive environmental agenda will enable the future success of our blue economy.