The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau has announced a collaboration with the Canadian marine community for the establishment of the National Seafarers’ Welfare Board. The Board will act as a forum for coordinating seafarer welfare in Canada, promote seafarers’ access to recreational, cultural and medical services, as well as shore-based welfare facilities. The Board will also advise the government on policy and regulatory issues such as shore leave and crew changes. Members include representatives from labour unions, marine missions located in ports across the country, ship owners, terminals, ports, and agents representing foreign vessel owners in Canada. Transport Canada will act as a Secretariat providing coordination and support for the Board’s meetings and activities.