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Many Canadian Coast Guard related investments are managed outside the Fleet, and Equipment and Other Moveable Assets Centres of Expertise. CCG depends on important investments made by other COEs within Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Both Coast Guard Centres of Expertise participate in yearly department-wide prioritization and peer review activities to ensure cohesive departmental planning, explained in detail in the DFO Investment Plan. Furthermore, the Agency ensures that its requirements are truly understood by maintaining strong working relationships with each individual COE throughout the fiscal year.

The Real Property Centre of Expertise:

The Real Property COE is a non Coast Guard entity responsible for planning investments for DFO owned and leased facilities, excluding program infrastructure (e.g., communication towers and equipment, MCTS remote sites, and communication systems infrastructure) and aids to navigation services (e.g., DGPS sites, and fixed aids sites), which are the responsibility of the Equipment and Other Moveable Assets COE.

For the Canadian Coast Guard, this means many lightstations, bases, depots, warehouses, marine structures, lifeboat stations, Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centres, the Canso Canal and other facilities are planned and maintained by the Real Property COE. These assets are a key enabler in support of the Agency’s programs and regulatory requirements. In an effort to promote more effective departmental investment planning, Coast Guard made significant improvements to the way it interacts with the Real Property COE.

A national “project-by-project” peer review exercise, similar to Coast Guard’s own Peer Review process, was completed to identify CCG’s highest priorities for Real Property investment. Investment Management Board used this information to provide strategic recommendations to the Real Property COE to help maximize the impact of their investments.

An important outcome of the process was the decision to focus a large portion of short to medium term CCG-related investments on regional bases. Deteriorating bases requiring significant investments, such as the Southside Base in Newfoundland and Labrador and Seal Cove Base in the Pacific Region, have been prioritized through this process.

During the 2011/12 to 2015/16 planning cycle, the Real Property COE plans to implement thirty-one separate investments on behalf of Coast Guard totalling $147.5 million. This investment portfolio includes a twelve percent over-planning rate, similar to Coast Guard’s own over-programming strategy, which allows Real Property to effectively manage its spending profile while addressing a large number of priorities. They also identified $164.4 million in additional requirements that will remain unfunded until additional funding becomes available. Examples of three funded projects are described below:

Project Name COE
SAR Lifeboats Replacement Real Property
Project Description
The purpose of this project consists in rebuilding pier 97, part of Queen’s Wharf at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Quebec City. This part of the pier is made of steel sheet-piling and concrete, and is in rather poor condition. Based on the deterioration of steel sheet-piling, the operational life of the wharf was reduced to only five to ten years and the carrying capacity of the pier was reduced from 20 kPa to 10 kPa. This project will preserve the pier integrity and reliability for years to come.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$16.5 million 2011/12 - 2015/16


Project Name COE
Southside Base Reconstruction Real Property
Project Description
This project is put in place to rebuild or renovate all buildings at the Southside Base in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. The current base is in dire need of reorganization, rationalization and amalgamation; the 40 year old facility requires extensive repairs to meet functional requirements. This project seeks to demolish the existing base and erect of a new building to accommodate the needs of the region.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$40.4 million 2013/14 - beyond


Project Name COE
Campbell River SAR station Real Property
Project Description
The Campbell River Search and Rescue Station currently has no infrastructure. The store front and accommodations are rented and the workshop is located on leased land from city and is insufficient in size. There is currently damage to the vessel and dock due to environmental conditions and seawall exposure. This project will see a new SAR Station built to accommodate program requirements at Campbell River.
Total Estimated Cost Timing
$4.5 million 2011/12 - 2015/16

More details for the entire Real Property Investment Plan can be found in the DFO Investment Plan.

Other DFO Centre of Expertise:

In addition to a growing relationship with the Real Property COE, the Canadian Coast Guard continues to interact and consult with the Information Management and Technology Services COE and the Small Craft Harbours COE.