Claims Eligibility

Any person in Canada, including corporations and the Crown, who has sustained loss or damage, or incurred costs and expenses, in respect of oil pollution may file a claim directly with the Administrator of the SOPF.

Time Limits

First, a claim must be made within two years after the day on which the oil pollution damage occurs and within five years after the occurrence that causes the damage.

Secondly, if no oil pollution damage occurs, within five years after the occurrence in respect of which oil pollution damage is anticipated.

Geographic Application

The Fund is available to pay claims for oil pollution damage, or anticipated damage, on any Canadian inland and coastal waters including the Exclusive Economic Zone of Canada.