Skip to main content

Bill C-58

If you have any questions or comments regarding the accessibility of this publication, please contact us at



This enactment amends Part IX of the Canada Shipping Act by implementing the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 and the Protocol of 1996 to it. It also amends Part XVI of that Act by implementing the Protocol of 1992 to amend the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969 and the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage, 1971. It also makes certain amendments related to the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund.

These amendments, by substantially increasing the shipowners' limits of liability, considerably increase the amount of compensation available to claimants, private and public alike, for maritime claims in general, and for oil pollution damage in particular. They also harmonize Canadian maritime liability legislation with that of other major maritime nations.