Canada is perfectly situated to benefit from investment in our ocean industries. Our coastline is the largest in the world, running along three oceans, it has become a part of the social and economic fibre of Canada. Harvesting the ocean's resources have always been an economic backbone of costal Canada. The Blue Economic Strategy will build on Canadian's existing relationship with our ocean industries. The first phase, which focuses on engagement with Canadians, is underway after its launch by the Hon. Bernadette Jordan.
Costal Canada is home to over seven million people with its ocean industries contributing approximately $31.7 billion to Canada's GDP every year! There is no doubt that the Blue Economic Strategy will be a huge boost here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Canada's blue economy should be second to none. That's why we're developing a strategy to make our ocean industries more sustainable, more productive and more prosperous. This is about creating more long-term opportunities for our coastal communities, by working with the ocean on its terms. Canadians understand that action on climate change is vital to sustainability and economic growth, and building a thriving, sustainable ocean economy is no different. The Blue Economy Strategy will help steer federal investments and actions, on all three coasts, across all ocean sectors, toward a single goal: to get more Canadians working on and in the water."
- The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard