December 3, 2004
Canada seeks applications for maritime security funding
Transport Canada is now accepting applications for the first round of funding under the Marine Security Contribution Program, announced in May 2004. Under the program, Canadian $115 million will be distributed over three years to assist Canada's ports and marine facilities with the cost of modernizing and strengthening their security systems and programs. The deadline for this first round of applications is December 31, 2004.
Under the contribution program, which is retroactive to April 1, 2004, ports and marine facilities will be able to apply for funds to assist with new security equipment and programs called for under their security plans. These funds will also help them to extend and build on these security enhancements in the future.
Application guides are currently being distributed to stakeholders. Information sessions for potential applicants will be held across Canada starting in early December. Further opportunities to apply will be available over the next three years.
The Marine Security Contribution Program forms part of the National Security Policy announced on April 27, 2004, which set out a six-point, Canadian $308 million program to support marine security at ports and marine facilities across Canada.