June 25, 2021 Ottawa Transport Canada
Every day, seafarers play a vital role in the safe and efficient transportation of goods and people that is critical to the success of the Canadian economy. As a maritime country dependent on trade by sea, Canada acknowledges the importance of their contributions, which has become even more evident during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In honour of the International Maritime Organization’s annual Day of the Seafarer, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, applauds the essential role seafarers play.
Since the onset of COVID-19, Transport Canada has supported the well-being of seafarers by facilitating safe access to shore leave, which is leave granted to mariners to go on land from their vessel, assisting international seafarers with safe and timely travel home, and promoting safety precautions onboard vessels to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In collaboration with the Canadian marine community, Canada supported the creation of the Seafarers’ Welfare Board in 2020. As part of Canada’s commitment under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, this Board serves as an important forum for advancing the welfare of seafarers in Canadian waters and addressing COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
Canada will continue to work with international organizations and partners to advance standards that promote maritime safety and security, protect the environment, and safeguard seafarers.