Canadian Marine Advisory Council

Transport Canada  - The Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC)


The Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) is Transport Canada’s national consultative body for marine matters. Meetings are normally held twice a year in the spring and fall, both nationally in Ottawa and in each region. Participants include representatives of individuals and parties that have a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, recreational matters, navigation, marine pollution and response and marine security.

Subjects discussed included:

  • the development and acceptance of international conventions, regulations, codes, standards, and recommendations;
  • the development and implementation of national statutes, regulations, codes, standards, recommendations and procedures;
  • operations and services; and
  • any other matters related to marine safety, marine services, marine pollution prevention and response, and marine security.

There are seven Standing Committees that discuss issues and topics relative to their area and make recommendations for consideration.