Infrastructure Investment for Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in Placentia

News Release

August 30, 2017

PLACENTIA, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR– The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our waters and marine ecosystems. This investment will generate economic benefits in the region through daily operations and good middle-class jobs. By making these investments, we’re not only investing in a world-leading marine safety system, we’re investing in the future of our Coast Guard.

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced today an investment of $5.2 million to build new and expand existing facilities for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Conservation and Protection branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in Placentia. The contract has been awarded to CAN-AM Platforms & Construction Limited.

The new Canadian Coast Guard building will house the Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centre and the Electronics and Informatics Technical Workshop, and will replace the existing building constructed in 1941. MCTS centres provide distress and safety call monitoring, broadcast maritime safety and weather information and monitor vessel traffic. The Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region has 1,900 employees, of which 634 are shore-based including 24 who work at the facility in Placentia.

In addition, the DFO Conservation and Protection office in Placentia will move to a new facility that includes a warehouse to accommodate an inshore fisheries patrol vessel. This will allow for faster and more flexible operations for compliance, investigation, and enforcement activities throughout Placentia Bay and the surrounding area.

The Canadian Coast Guard plays a central role in the Government of Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, which is designed to improve marine safety and responsible shipping, protect Canada’s marine environments; and engage Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities in coastal protection.

Photo legend: On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, today announced the construction contract for the new Canadian Coast Guard MCTS Centre, and Fisheries and Oceans Conservation and Protection Building in Placentia, Newfoundland.

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“Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard are pleased to invest in the people, technologies and facilities we depend on to continue to deliver the vital services that Canadians depend on to protect their marine environment and ecosystems, while also keeping mariners safe.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Our government continues to focus on economic growth through investments in our communities that protect our coastal waters and the mariners who transit them. I'm very pleased to see our government continue to support our fishers, mariners, DFO and Coast Guard staff with these tremendous financial investments in Placentia. ”

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

Quick Facts

  • Construction of the buildings is scheduled to begin in September 2017, with completion expected by fall 2018. The new MCTS Centre will then undergo equipment installation and is anticipated to be operational by spring 2019.

  • The new buildings have been registered with the Canada Green Building Council under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.


Laura Gareau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613 992 3474

Media Inquiries
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Region



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