What’s Bill C-48?
Bill C-48 would prohibit oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of crude or persistent oil along BC’s North Coast, replacing a voluntary ban in place since 1985.
What is Canada committing to through the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act (Bill C-48)?
This Act formalizes the current moratorium on oil tanker traffic along BC’s North Coast—from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border—establishing an administration and enforcement regime with financial penalties of up to $5-million for not complying with the ban.
Why are First Nations pushing for a ban?
First Nations have existed along the Pacific North Coast for more than 14,000 years. Healthy marine environments are economically, culturally and environmentally integral to the well-being of our coastal communities. Large oil tankers in these fragile coastal waters would pose an unacceptable risk to our people and their livelihoods.