Canadian Coast Guard

Canadian Coast Guard - Fisheries and Oceans Canada


The Canadian Coast Guard owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians.

Is a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways.

Canadians expect the federal government to:

  • protect the marine environment;
  • support economic growth;
  • ensure public safety on the water; and
  • ensure Canada’s sovereignty and security by establishing a strong federal presence in our waters.

The Canadian Coast Guard helps the government meet the public’s expectation of clean, safe, secure, healthy and productive waters and coastlines.

For more information on who we are, go to:
Mission, Vision and Mandate — for more on how the CCG supports Canada to control and protect the nation’s maritime resources.
Commissioner — for more information on the CCG commissioner

The Canadian Coast Guard offers numerous Programs and Services:

  • Aids to Navigation Program: The Aids to Navigation Program provides devices or systems, external to a vessel, to help mariners determine position and course, to warn of dangers or obstructions, or to mark the location of preferred routes. Collectively known as aids to navigation, they include visual aids (lights, beacons and buoys), aural aids (whistles, horns and bells), radar aids (reflectors and racons) as well as the Differential Global Positioning System. The program’s services ensure access to a reliable navigation system and support a safe, accessible, and efficient environment for the commercial marine transportation sector, fishers and pleasure craft operators. As such, it is the cornerstone of Canada’s navigation system and provides essential support to many government priorities.
  • Environmental Response: The Canadian Coast Guard’s Environmental Response program mission is to ensure an appropriate level of preparedness and response capability for all ship-source and mystery source pollution incidents in waters under Canadian Jurisdiction.To that end the Coast Guard implements a consistent approach for responding to marine pollution incidents in all regions of Canada.

CCGS N.B. McLean working in the St. Lawrence

  • Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program: To provide communications and traffic services for the marine community and for the benefit of the public at large to ensure: Safety of life at sea in response to international agreements, Protection of the environment through traffic management, Efficient movement of shipping, Information for business and the national interest
  • Maritime Security: Following the events of 9/11, the Government of Canada reassessed vulnerabilities in Canada’s transportation systems and evaluated the capacity of departments and agencies to address gaps in its security structure. The resulting National Security Policy (NSP) identified the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) on-water resources and maritime information collection capacity, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) aerial surveillance capability, as having key roles to play in supporting national security.CCG Employees monitoring traffic The role of the Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Security group is to meet government expectations for a departmental contribution to national security through proactive leadership and management of the maritime security file within Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

The Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

  • Search and Rescue:
  • Vessel Procurement: The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Vessel Procurement sector manages the acquisition of new vessels for the department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).  Working collaboratively with procurement experts from the government and the marine industry, Vessel Procurement ensures Canada will continue to have access to vessels that will support its maritime priorities into the future.
  • Waterways Management: The Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG’s) Waterways Management program helps to ensure safe and efficient navigation, supports protection of the marine environment, and facilitates marine trade and commerce. Safe, efficient and environmentally-sound use of our waterways brings economic benefits to the marine shipping industry as well as economic and social benefits to the public. Program activities include: helping to ensure safe, efficient and environmentally-responsible design, maintenance and use of ship channels and marine structures within those channels; providing channel safety information to users (such as channel bottom conditions and water level forecasts); and representing the interests of commercial navigation in the International Joint Commission’s process for control of water levels and flows in the Lake Ontario–St. Lawrence River system.



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