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Canadian Seas And Skies Act Tabled

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

31 October 2013


Canada's Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, has reintroduced in the House of Commons the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, to establish a world-class framework regulating the nation's shipping industry.

Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, said: "As part of our plan for Responsible Resource Development, our Government is enhancing Canada's tanker safety system to ensure it meets world-class standards. The Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act is an important step in ensuring the safe and reliable transport of Canada's natural resources."

Legislation under consideration by the Government includes amendments to the Marine Liability Act, which will fill a critical gap in the current liability and compensation regime and implement a new international convention that covers incidents involving hazardous and noxious substances carried by ships. Proposed amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, will strengthen the current requirements for spill prevention and preparedness at oil-handling facilities; increase Transport Canada's oversight and enforcement capacity; and enhance response to oil spill incidents.

According to Raitt, Canada aims to achieve the right regulatory balance to unlease the maritime sector's potential to create high-value jobs while strengthening safety and environmental protection.

TAGS: environment | marine | law | enforcement | Canada | standards

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