Minister Cannon helps strengthen Marine Security

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, took further action today to
help modernize and secure Canada's domestic ferries by announcing that
domestic ferry operators can apply for funding under the Government of
Canada's Marine Security Contribution Program.
    The fifth and final round of funding will provide up to $5 million to
selected domestic ferry operators across the country. The funds may be used by
these operators to update and reinforce their security systems and programs,
helping them meet the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security
Regulations and comply with the International Maritime Organization's
International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
    "The security of our marine system is important to our government, to
Canadians and to our economy," said Minister Cannon. "We have committed to
expanding the contribution program to domestic ferries, which many Canadians
rely on every day. I'm pleased that we can target this round of funding so
that they have the opportunity to make improvements to security and be better
equipped to address potential threats."
    The distribution of funds under the Marine Security Contribution Program
is one of the ways the Government of Canada is working with industry to keep
marine facilities secure and open to trade. Four rounds of funding have
already been announced, totalling approximately $108 million. Any unused funds
from previously approved funding rounds will also be allocated through this
    In compliance with international security requirements mandated by the
ISPS, the Government of Canada introduced the Marine Transportation Security
Regulations, which required ports and port facilities to have approved
security plans in place by July 1, 2004. Canada is a world leader in the
implementation of these requirements.
    The Marine Security Contribution Program supports the National Security
Policy, which establishes an integrated approach to support marine security at
ports and other marine facilities across Canada.

    Application kits are currently being distributed to eligible
stakeholders. For more information on the Marine Security Contribution Program
and the application process, including the official application kit, visit the
following website:

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Office of the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media
Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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