Specifically, taking the protection of the Arctic very seriously, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, announced the Government of Canada’s support for a ban on heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters.
In addition, the Ministers announced that they will look for a phased-in approach to the ban, in line with Canada's discussions with IMO countries in efforts to balance the environmental benefits with the economic realities of northern, Indigenous and Inuit communities.
Canada conducted a domestic impact assessment of the proposed HFO ban in the Arctic in which people have the chance use their voice on how Canada can best reduce the environmental, economic and social risks associated with the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, commented that
Canada is proud to play a leadership role at the International Maritime Organization by supporting this ban and is committed to continue working with other countries, northern residents and marine stakeholders to help reduce economic impacts on northern communities.