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Emergency Towing

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP), the Government of Canada is considering the need for emergency towing in all regions of Canada.

Emergency towing is conducted to assist disabled vessels, with the aim of preventing incidents and ensuring crew safety, while also preventing spills and environmental impacts. The Coast Guard has engaged a contractor to develop a third-party report which will

(1) offer an overview of emergency towing in Atlantic and Central & Arctic Canada;
(2) identify any gaps in existing emergency towing capacity; and
(3) provide recommendations to address identified gaps.

A short background document which includes ten questions to start the conversation is available by clicking on the ‘Download’ button below. Your perspectives and knowledge are important in the development of these regional towing needs assessments. In addition, you may be contacted by the contractor for follow-up questions regarding policy or technical issues. Prior to finalization, the findings will be circulated to allow for any additional thoughts that you may have on the issue.

Written submissions and/or requests for an in-person interview can be sent to

Stakeholder submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2019.