Canadian shipping

Stand is working in Canada and internationally to clean up the shipping industry. Thousands of freighters, tankers, cargo, and cruise ships pass through Canadian waters every year, leaving trails of water and air pollution behind them. Their impacts are felt by iconic species already at risk, and communities that depend on a healthy ecosystem.

We are calling for Canada to support an urgent ban on the dirtiest fuel on the market (heavy fuel aka bunker oil), pushing for stronger regulations and enforcement of anti-dumping laws, and advocating for an urgent shift away from fossil fuels to cleaner power sources instead.

In the cruise industry, the rugged waters off Canada’s coasts are famous for a few things: magnificent pods of orcas, adorable sea otters...and for being the perfect dumping grounds for any toxic pollution you need to chuck overboard.

Our latest report reveals that Canada’s regulations on cruise ship pollution lag far behind those in Alaska, Washington, and California – making our oceans the easiest place on the West Coast for ships to dump their dirty waste. We must get this report in the hands of local MPs across the country so the federal government makes protecting Canadian waters from this imminent pollution an urgent priority.

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Cruise ships treat Canadian oceans as their personal toilet bowl


Latest Press Releases and Blogs

Protect Canadian Coasts
22, Sep 2021
Dear Transport Canada, Everyone is eager to get to a post-pandemic world. But with cruise ships literally on the horizon or closer, we need...
Profile of a cruise ship
15, Jul 2021
Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra is welcoming back cruise ships as of November 1 this year, ending the reprieve from billions of litres...
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18, May 2021
UBC researchers highlight the importance of the Great Bear Sea, the risks it faces from vessel pollution, and present solutions as boaters...