What’s New

SOPF Claims Manual

The last version of the SOPF Claims Manual was issued in 2014. It focuses on claims for clean-up costs and preventative measures.

In the recent past, the Fund has received a number of claims and queries, which were not covered by the claims manual. We are therefore planning to issue a new version of the claims manual, along the following lines:

  • The claims manual would be structured as forms, one for each type of claim or damage.
  • The use of these forms would not be mandatory, but they could be used as a checklist of the key elements that will be needed for the assessment of claims by the Administrator’s Office.
  • The forms would be accompanied by some guidance text. The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds Example Claim Form could be used as an inspiration: https://www.iopcfunds.org/uploads/tx_iopcpublications/IOPC_Claims_Form__ENGLISH_2018_WEB_01.pdf

If you have any comments on the above or recommendations with reference to the new claims manual, please forward them to info@sopf.gc.ca by close of business October 1, 2018.

If you wish to receive a draft copy of the new version when it is ready to be circulated to stakeholders for comments, please contact info@sopf.gc.ca

Please note that, as a side project, the Administrator’s Office is also compiling and updating its claims management policies and assessment practices with the view to posting them on SOPF’s website.

Professional Opportunities

Upcoming webinars

How to file a claim with the Fund

These short 45-minute webinars will allow potential claimants to better understand what types of damages the Fund can indemnify, how to file a claim, and what is the claim settlement process. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to receive answers.

Participation to the webinar is free, but participants must register in advance.

If you cannot attend any of these webinars and you want to be notified of future opportunities, please register on the distribution list.

Webinars sessions in English Registration before:
September 20, 2018 (1:00 pm EST) September 12, 2018 Register
November 1, 2018 (1:00 pm EST) October 25, 2018 Register
Webinars sessions in French Registration before:
October 3, 2018 (1:00 pm EST) September 25, 2018 Register
November 14, 2018 (1:00 pm EST) November 7, 2018 Register


Analysis of the history of incidents involving interaction between Indigenous Peoples and the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

Analysis of the history of incidents involving interaction between Indigenous Peoples and the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

This report looks at the involvement of Indigenous Peoples with the Fund, to discover what the nature of their involvement was, what were the sizes of the claims that were in their proximity, and how many incidents had occurred in which they could have been stakeholders. As well, it provides details of certain individual cases where an Indigenous group was a claimant to find the narrative of that experience. Finally, the report looks at the nature of the abandoned and derelict vessels problem in Canada in relation to its effects on Indigenous Peoples.

Administrator and Deputy Administrator

The SOPF is pleased to announce our Administrator Anne Legars has been reappointed for a five-year term beginning March 26, 2018.

We are also pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Gauthier to SOPF. Mr Gauthier has been appointed as Deputy Administrator for a five-year term.

For more information, please click here: http://sopf.gc.ca/?page_id=301

Small Claims Form

Claimants who have incurred damages of less than $15,000 in cleanup or pollution prevention costs can use the attached form to file their claim (the use of this form is not mandatory). The important point is to submit the available supporting documentation.


SOPF Workshop

Transboundary Oil Spill Liability & Compensation Workshop – Ottawa, Ontario
The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF) hosted a three-day Transboundary Liability and Compensation Workshop November 15th, 16th, and 17th in Ottawa, Ontario.

The workshop aimed to facilitate a collaborative discussion on strategies for mitigating issues of liability and compensation in the event of a transboundary oil spill.

Representatives from the US Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, the US Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, the International Group of P&Is, the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) were given the opportunity to collaborate and share lessons learned and their experiences.

The workshop was successful in the facilitation of discussions on the issues of liability of claims. Going forward, a working paper is being developed to encapsulate the valuable discussions that were held and to prepare the groundwork for further collaboration.