Government of Canada

05/02/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/02/2019 10:13

Government of Canada supports a new maritime information system pilot project in partnership with the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committe

May 2, 2019

Protecting the marine environment and all users of Canada's oceans and waterways is of paramount importance. Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous peoples and in close collaboration with local stakeholders and coastal communities to protect Canada's unique marine environment from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Today, Michael McLeod Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced $506,683 for the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee to participate in a pilot project to develop, test, and evaluate a new maritime awareness information system. This national system is a key component of the Oceans Protection Plan's Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative.

Once the web-based pilot system launches this spring, it will display a range of valuable near real-time maritime information, including data on vessel traffic, weather, and marine protected areas. As one of 10 Indigenous organizations across Canada participating in the pilot project, the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee, in partnership with the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation, will test the system, provide feedback, and apply their local and traditional knowledge to improve and develop the system.

Through the funding announced today, the Tuktoyaktuk Hunters and Trappers Committee will install Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment on community vessels to gather data for the project, while incorporating local and traditional information into the system to support enhanced marine safety and local decision-making.

The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada's coasts and waterways. This national strategy is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.