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Welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet’s first Annual Report.  Within these pages you will find basic information about the Coast Guard Fleet and its services. Our people are the single most important element in delivering these services in some of the world’s most difficult environmental and operational conditions. Risk is the nature of our business. This report is our attempt to account for the effectiveness of the services we provide to our clients on behalf of Canadians and the Government of Canada, and we hope it will provide a sound basis for comparison in subsequent years.

Due to the wide variety of clients we serve, the Fleet - by design - must be a highly flexible organization. We operate in a dynamic environment, adapting to tides and changing weather conditions, and responding to the maritime needs of our clients. In recent years, faced with an increasingly globalized economy, heightened security concern, and climate change, the broader context in which we operate has become ever more dynamic, making our presence on Canadian waters and the work we perform that much more important. 

Fleet Statistics
Provided 31,719 operational days Worked 87 years
Sailed 1,178,186 nautical miles Travelled 54 times around the Earth’s circumference
Consumed 56,202,000 litres of ship fuel Fuelled 1,124,040 compact cars

As much as Canadians appreciate the important work of the Coast Guard, during the course of 2006-2007 the Special Operating Agency was the subject of some pointed criticism. The most important of these were made by the Auditor General of Canada in a report tabled earlier this year.  Other criticisms were in the form of concerns from the public, but the Agency also examined itself closely, conducting an extensive A-Base Review to provide an in-depth assessment of the financial and operating status of the entire organization.

Gary B. Sidock
Gary B. Sidock
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard

While such censure and self-examination are difficult, it is being used constructively. We are taking aggressive steps to transform the Coast Guard into a truly national institution, renewing our fleet, modernizing our operations and management practices, and ensuring our resources are aligned with Coast Guard and Government priorities and within resource levels. We have already made significant progress on key fronts:

  • The implementation of our priorities presented in the Business Plan for 2007-2010 will improve the focus, efficiency and effectiveness of our services;
  • We have received recent financial commitments to begin the renewal of our fleet through the Federal Budget 2007; and
  • A maritime security component, fully developed and operational, is being added to our services, with on-water armed patrols for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, conducted jointly with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

During the past year, we have also established plans to participate in some key international efforts. In 2007, the Coast Guard Fleet will support seven on-water Arctic projects under the auspices of the International Polar Year - the largest-ever international program of scientific research focused on Arctic regions. The Fleet will also continue to support on-water research in the Arctic Ocean being conducted to document Canada’s submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to extend Canada’s sovereign rights, a fundamental element in re-affirming Canada’s Arctic sovereignty.

I hope you will find this first Fleet Annual Report an informative document. As we move forward, we expect demand for our services to both grow and change, as demonstrated by the International Polar Year and enhanced maritime security operations. We are prepared to adapt to the evolving needs of the people and the Government of Canada in this complex and changing world. As always, our people will be our key to success.

Safety First, Service Always,
Gary Sidock's signature

Gary B. Sidock
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard

CCGC Cap Tourmente
CCGC Cap Tourmente
, SAR Lifeboat
Photo: QC Region

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