Transport Canada raises penalties for violations under CSA, 2001

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Canada’s Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, announced a significant increase in monetary penalties for violations under the Canada Shipping Act (CSA), 2001, raising the maximum fine from CAD $25,000 to CAD $250,000. This update introduces a tiered penalty system categorizing violations as minor, medium, or serious, each reflecting the potential impact on public safety and the environment. For example, minor violations might include administrative oversights, while serious violations could involve environmental hazards such as improper discharge in sensitive areas. This change is part of Canada’s broader Oceans Protection Plan, which aims to enhance marine safety and environmental protection. This adjustment, the first since 2008, underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding Canadian waters for future generations through rigorous enforcement measures, including possible criminal prosecution for the most severe violations.

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