The Government of Canada to restrict navigation on lakes in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Proposed amendments to the Vessel Operation
Restriction Regulations, which improve safety and protect the environment by
restricting vessel navigation, were announced today by the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
    "The proposed regulatory amendments are the result of extensive
cooperation between Transport Canada, Environment Canada and provincial and
municipal governments," said Minister Cannon. "They address local safety and
environmental issues in the context of federal regulations, and introduce
measures to promote the safe and efficient navigation of vessels in Ontario
and Quebec, and to protect the environment in the Columbia Wetlands in
southeastern British Columbia."
    The Regulations Amending the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations are
the result of applications by municipalities and other local authorities for
federal approval to restrict navigation in their area. The objective is to
improve navigation safety, reduce conflicts between waterway users and protect
the environment from damage caused by navigation activities.
    Under these proposed regulations, the specific areas impacted are:

    - The Columbia Wetlands in southeastern British Columbia;
    - Lac Nairne, Lac Bleu, Lac Saint-François-Xavier and Lac des Becs-Scie
      in Quebec; and
    - Kempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe, in Ontario.

    The Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations provide a mechanism for
local authorities to apply to Transport Canada to place restrictions on the
access of a vessel or class of vessels to specified waters; the mode of
propulsion used; maximum engine power or speed; and recreational towing
activities (e.g., water-skiing).
    The Regulations Amending the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations
were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 28, 2008. A 60-day
comment period for these regulations will follow, during which interested
parties are encouraged to provide their views to Transport Canada. The new
regulations will be published thereafter in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, 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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