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Newfederal investment to support improved monitoring of maritime activities in the Canadian Arctic

July 24, 2015 – Ottawa, ON

Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, today announced an innovative new project to support Arctic research, as well as Canada’s ability to counter any threat to our Arctic sovereignty. The project was announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

The project will help improve Canada’s ability to monitor maritime activities in the Canadian Arctic, including detection and tracking of small ships, prediction of routes and destinations, as well as identification of suspicious vessels and illegal oil dumps.

Quick Facts

  • The CSSP’s third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.
  • The CSSP is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
  • The CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.
  • CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.


“Canada’s Arctic is fundamental to our national identity, and also holds incredible potential of our future. As global commerce routes increasingly utilize Canada’s North, this innovative new project will strengthen Canada’s Arctic sovereignty and protect our environment by increasing our ability to monitor the integrity of our waters from threats such as suspicious vessels, illegal oil spills and bilge dumps, and more.”

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence

Associated Links

Launch of third CSSP Call for Proposals Announcement
Information on the Canadian Safety and Security Program
Science and technology project to be funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

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