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May 22, 2018

Ottawa reports progress in coastal surveying activities

Under the Oceans Protection Plan announced last year the Government of Canada is investing close to $110 million over five years for charting and surveying activities that will help make navigation safer in key areas.

Under this initiative, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) will chart 23 high-priority commercial ports and near-shore areas along all three coasts.

To date, CHS has completed new surveys of eight ports in British Columbia (Port Alberni, Prince Rupert, Stewart and Vancouver (English Bay)) and Quebec (Īles de la Madeleine, Havre St. Pierre, Port Alfred (La Baie) and Port Cartier).

It has also started accelerated surveying in the Arctic and high risk near-shore areas coast to coast. Over the next five years, CHS will continue to increase its surveying activities in the Arctic, British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Great Lakes. Reliable and dependable navigation charts and products will lead to safer and more efficient navigation.

This information will strengthen navigational safety in and around ports, making high-risk areas safer and reduce the risk of accidents. Modern hydrographic information will also provide a better scientific understanding of the seabed, to help us better protect the environment.