Environmental Response

International Cooperation

Logo of the North Atlantic Coast Guard ForumNorth Atlantic Coast Guard Forum

The objective of the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum (NACGF), which was formed in 2007, is to increase cooperation amongst member countries on matters related to maritime safety and security in the region. 

At the inaugural meeting it was agreed that the NACGF would be non-binding, voluntary, neither policy nor regulatory-oriented and would operate within existing legal frameworks.  It was agreed that this forum would not duplicate work undertaken in other international fora.
 

International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation

Canada is signatory to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC). Under this agreement, Canada can be called upon to provide assistance to a marine pollution incident to other signatory states. Likewise, Canada could call upon other signatory states for assistance in a major incident.

More information on the OPRC convention is available at the following site:

International Maritime Organization

Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

The Preparedness and Response Branch of the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard Office of Response are the custodians of the Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan.

The Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan promotes a coordinated system for planning, preparing and responding to harmful substance incidents in the adjacent waters of the United States and Canada.  The 2013 Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan has been updated to address mutual assistance in non-adjacent waters of both countries as outlined in the Plan.  The 2013 Plan will supersede and replace the 2003 revised Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan.