In response to the Commissioner’s report, the Interdepartmental Marine Pollution Committee (IMPC) was struck look at marine oil pollution response regime. Work has been ongoing since 2010. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is the lead agency on the IMPC. It is also the lead agency for ship-source oil spill response. The IMPC is mandated to address the report recommendations, and promote a whole of government approach to addressing marine pollution events. The last time Canada’s maritime oil pollution response capability was examined comprehensively was in the early 1990s – over 20 years ago – by the Public Review Panel on Tanker Safety and Marine Spills Response Capability. The current Canadian regime outlines the shipowner/operator – i.e., the polluter – responsibility to a pollution incident, and CCG oversight.
K. Joseph Spears in this Fall (2012) Canadian Naval Review article explores the Royal Canadian Navy’s role in a whole of government response.