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Feds looking for abandoned vessels proposals


OTTAWA –The federal government has launched a new call for proposals for assessment and removal projects to be funded through the Abandoned Boats Program under the Oceans Protection Plan.

Up to $1.6 million is available this year to help assess, remove or dispose of abandoned and wrecked small boats that pose a hazard in Canadian waters. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2022.

In light of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, funding recipients will be reimbursed 100 percent for eligible expenditures for boat removals, rather than the 75 percent in previous years.

Eligible recipients include provinces, territories, municipalities and local governments; Indigenous groups, communities, and organizations; private ports or marinas; Canadian Port Authorities; and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Since the Oceans Protection Plan started in November 2016, over 50 initiatives have been announced in the areas of marine safety, research and ecosystem protection that span coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Transport Canada’s Abandoned Boats Program is investing $6.85 million for abandoned boat assessment, removal and disposal, and for research and education initiatives. Since May 31, 2017, the program has launched four calls for proposals for projects to be funded through grants and contributions.

To date, funding has been approved to assess 109 boat removal projects for a total of $376,010, and to remove 112 boats for a total of $2,936,727.

The program helps to educate small boat owners about how to responsibly manage their boats. It also supports research on boat recycling and environmentally responsible boat design.

Transport Canada will accept applications until the $1.6 million available for 2020-2021 projects has been allocated.