Vancouver, January 11, 2017 – The Chamber of Shipping applauds the B.C. government for approving the environmental assessment for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and ensuring that the five conditions established by the province were met. This decision marks an important step towards growing Canada’s trade capacity and improving coastal protection.
In British Columbia and across Canada, our continued prosperity and high standard of living depend on our ability to deliver resources in a responsible and competitive manner. For over half a century, petroleum products have been shipped through Vancouver without incident and tens of thousands of vessel movements occur safely in our waters annually.
“Through the Oceans Protection Plan, Canadians have been given the opportunity and resources to significantly improve the safety and protection regime for Canada’s West Coast,” stated Robert Lewis-Manning, the President of the Chamber of Shipping. “The Chamber of Shipping is committed to working with governments and communities in implementing the elements of the $1.5B Oceans Protection Plan that will support both this project and all aspects of marine transportation in B.C.”
Canada remains a strong trading nation, with one in five Canadian jobs and more than 60 per cent of our gross domestic product directly linked to exports. In order to preserve our competitiveness worldwide, it is critical that Canada is able to build market access and secure new customers overseas.
About Chamber of Shipping
Since 1923, the Chamber of Shipping has been the representative voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast. The importance of that voice is arguably more important today than ever before as North America’s trade with Asia undergoes unrelenting growth and Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway plays a vital role in facilitating trade efficiency for the benefit of the entire nation.
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