Geography

Science at Work: Defining Canada’s Continental Shelf Program

Canada is party to an international agreement called the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that recognizes that coastal states can obtain rights and jurisdiction over their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Global Affairs Canada, with the help of other federal departments and agencies, are working on Canada’s submission to the United Nations, as part of a review process to clearly define our country’s offshore boundaries.

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