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The Canadian Coast Guard has made solid progress in the past year as it secured its reputation as a strong national maritime institution dedicated to its motto of “Safety First, Service Always.” With the Fleet at the forefront, CCG has been very effective in delivering its programs and services to Canadians. It has also seen much needed investments—particularly within the Fleet— that will help it do its job better both now and into the future.

The Fleet—and CCG as a whole—anticipates an increase in demand for its services in the coming years. Increases in maritime traffic, recreational boating, fishing, and related commercial activity; the challenges of climate change; and heightened requirements for offshore oil and gas exploration are creating a greater demand for the Fleet’s services. Combined with our enhanced role in maritime security and in the Government of Canada’s activities in the Arctic, these factors are raising CCG’s profile as a steadfast federal presence on Canada’s waterways, most noticeably in the North. The Fleet must therefore focus on providing a modern, reliable, and cost-effective mix of vessels, ACVs, and helicopters to respond to increasingly discriminating demands from the Canadian public, federal department and agency clients, and the national and international marine industry.

The Fleet will continue to respond to its clients’ evolving needs in the professional, efficient, and adaptable manner they have come to expect. This response will require ships, vessels, and helicopters that will be highly adaptable and can multitask as they serve a wide variety of clients. It will also require solid partnerships across the government as well as with public and private institutions. Furthermore, as we work to build our fleet of the future, we must ensure that the women and men who serve their country proudly as Coast Guard employees remain the cornerstone of our operations, are given every opportunity to develop their skills, and thrive as individuals and professionals.

We recognize that our role as Canada’s civilian maritime on-water service provider has never been more important, or more demanding. Every day our women and men dedicate themselves to serving our clients and Canadians to the best of their ability.

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Newfoundland Scenery with CCGS Cape Roger - Offshore Patrol Vessel
Newfoundland Scenery with CCGS Cape Roger - Offshore Patrol Vessel
Photo: NL Region