Canada and the US are exploring Clean Ocean Innovation

STEVESTON: Parm Bains, MP for Steveston Richmond East, toured the US Consul General of Vancouver, Brent Hardt, around the Port of Steveston and the facility of the Ocean Legacy Foundation.

As part of the roadmap for a renewed U.S.-Canada partnership, the two nations remain committed to working together to accelerate climate ambition. MP Bains pointed out that sharing coastlines with southern neighbors makes investment in the Oceans Legacy Foundation essential to bilateral partnership and the fight against plastic pollution in our waters and shores.

Richmond’s own and only Ocean Legacy facility in Canada is committed to tackling ocean plastic waste with innovative recycling and reuse methods. Creating a circular economy by converting marine litter into 100% post-consumer plastic.

The unique program brings together partnerships between business, industry, government and non-profit sectors to take decisive steps forward to create a value chain in an emerging plastics industry for the ocean.

The federal government has provided millions of dollars in funding to Ocean Legacy Technologies under the Innovative Solutions Canada program to help combat domestic plastic challenges. This program invited Canadian small businesses to develop innovative technologies to reduce plastic waste and circulate valuable resources in our economy.

Ocean Legacy is led by co-founders Chloe Dubois and James Middleton and supported by a Board of Directors, a Technical Advisory Board and hundreds of volunteers worldwide. As an internationally recognized leader in the fight against plastic pollution, OLF has a dynamic approach and a solutions-based platform to fight plastic pollution.

Its international plastic management strategy will integrate existing and futuristic elements from the four pillars of OLF: education and research, policy and advocacy, infrastructure development, and cleanup and restoration to catalyze global action for plastic-free countries and oceans

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