The Government of Canada is investing in the Canadian Coast Guard under the Oceans Protection Plan.

The Coast Guard says the government is investing in modern equipment needed to allow them to continue protecting Canada’s waters, coasts and coastal communities from marine pollution.

On behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada awarded a $1.7 million contract to Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd. of Oakville for the acquisition of 10,000 feet of environmental response equipment known as Tidal Seal Boom. The contract includes options for an additional 8,200 feet.

“Tidal Seal Boom acts as a barrier to protect coastal areas from spills and helps to contain pollution during active shoreline cleanup operations. The boom protects the shore by automatically adjusting to changing water levels, such as high and low tides, helping to ensure pollution doesn’t reach the shoreline while cleanup crews are at work.”

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Bernadette Jordan, says the Tidal Boom will ensure the Coast Guard can continue to respond quickly and efficiently in the event of an environmental emergency. These investments will help strengthen the Coast Guard and ensure it remains a world-leader in ocean protection and marine environmental response.

Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Anita Anand, says the contract is an example of how they are stimulating the Canadian economy while helping the Coast Guard better protect oceans and coastlines by strengthening its capacity with modern and effective equipment to safely and effectively address emergency situations.

Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, adds that protecting Canada’s marine environment, oceans and waterways is very important and they continue to take action to protect marine life, shorelines and coastal communities.