Canada has approved an amendment to pollution laws which will improve the protection of Canadian Arctic waters, according to the government.

The Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, Bill C-3, which has now come into full force will improve protection of Canadian Arctic waters from pollution caused by ships in addition to enabling the country to have more control over the waters.

Canadian Transport Minister John Baird said that the bill allows the country to implement its control over a bigger area, which will better safeguard the waters from pollutants.

The Bill states the country has the authority to implement Canadian shipping regulations and environmental laws in Arctic waters for a maximum of 200 nautical miles offshore, which is two times the area provided under previous laws.