Mission, Vision and Mandate

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

As a Special Operating Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the CCG 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.


Canadian Coast Guard services support government priorities and economic prosperity and contribute to the safety, accessibility and security of Canadian waters.


Through innovation and excellence, a recognized leader in maritime services and safety.


The Canadian Coast Guard’s mandate is stated in the Oceans Act and the Canada Shipping Act.

The Oceans Act gives the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans responsibility for providing:

  • aids to navigation;
  • marine communications and traffic management services;
  • icebreaking and ice-management services;
  • channel maintenance;
  • marine search and rescue;
  • marine pollution response; and
  • support of other government departments, boards and agencies by providing ships, aircraft and other services.

The Canada Shipping Act gives the Minister powers, responsibilities and obligations concerning:

  • aids to navigation;
  • search and rescue;
  • pollution response; and
  • vessel traffic services.

Organizational Values

  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Quality service
  • Innovation