Construction of New Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters

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St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador - The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in one of the safest marine systems in the world, and its members go to work every day to ensure the safety of mariners and the marine environment. The $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan improves marine safety and protects Canada's marine environment and coastal communities.

Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today that a contract, valued at $18.2 million, has been awarded to J.W. Lindsay Enterprises Limited for the construction of a new regional headquarters building in St. John’s for the Canadian Coast Guard.

The project will create new jobs during its construction phase and, once completed, the new Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic headquarters will continue to generate economic growth through its daily operations and be home to good, middle-class jobs.

The new building will house the new Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre and the regional operational centre with enhanced emergency coordination capabilities. It will have improved security and promote workplace health and wellbeing, through more natural daylight, and modern work spaces.

The existing building, built in 1962, is over 50 years old and is no longer suitable as the Canadian Coast Guard continues to upgrade and modernize operations. 

The new building will have environmentally-friendly features, such as geothermal energy to heat and cool the building, which will eliminate the annual cost of burning 200,000 litres of fuel—as  well as energy-efficient lighting and water fixtures.

The new regional headquarters building is scheduled for completion in early 2019.  The existing building will be demolished after the transfer of employees and assets to the new building is completed.

Canada's Oceans Protection Plan will strengthen Canada's Coast Guard to better serve Atlantic Canadians, while investing in better science to inform our decision making and getting the right regulations in place to protect our precious coastlines and waterways for future generations.

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On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl, today visited the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters to announce the contract to replace the existing building.


“Our government is pleased to announce the construction of the new regional headquarters building, which will support the Canadian Coast Guard as they deliver the vital services that we rely on daily. Through the historic investments under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is strengthening Canada's Coast Guard to better serve Canadians in marine safety, navigation, and the protection of our marine environment and coastal communities.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Our government is committed to supporting the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard, and providing them with the resources they need to safely carry-out their important work, ensuring the safety of Canadians. The construction of this new, energy efficient, Coast Guard headquarters building will create good-paying jobs and economic opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the Atlantic region.”

The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

Quick Facts

    • The Canadian Coast Guard marks its 55th anniversary this year. Created January 26, 1962, there are over 4,500 Canadian Coast Guard employees throughout Canada.
    • The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region has 1,900 employees of which 634 are shore-based. More than 200 employees will work from the new Atlantic headquarters building, including staff from the soon to be re-opened St. John’s Marine Rescue-Sub Centre.
    • The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region operates 20 large vessels, 21 small vessels including 15 search and rescue lifeboats, nine helicopters, and nine seasonal Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) stations.



Laura Gareau
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Media Inquiries
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Region


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