Contract awarded for refurbishment of St. Anthony, NL Coast Guard facility

News release

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR – The Government of Canada has awarded a contract for the refurbishment of a Canadian Coast Guard facility in St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador. We are pleased to announce this step, which will allow for better response to marine emergencies in support of the communities on the northern reaches of the Great Northern Peninsula. This refurbished facility will benefit all those who make their living on the water or use it for recreation.   

Made possible through Oceans Protection Plan funding, the $1.1 million contract, awarded to ENERCON builders of NL will transform a former Marine Communications and Traffic Services site into a Coast Guard search and rescue lifeboat station and includes interior mechanical and electrical renovations as well as some exterior work. 

The Coast Guard plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the marine environment. Canada’s $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan includes a wide range of measures to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities.

There are currently 41 search and rescue lifeboat stations located strategically across Canada to respond to maritime search and rescue incidents.


“Through the Oceans Protection Plan we are increasing the Canadian Coast Guard’s search and rescue capacity by establishing seven new lifeboat stations. Awarding the contract for the refurbishment of the station in St. Anthony is an important milestone in bringing additional marine response capacity to the people in the North of Newfoundland.”  

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

“By awarding this contract, our government is demonstrating its commitment to having a world-leading marine safety system. We are ensuring that Canadians obtain value for money while supporting good jobs for tradespeople and the construction industry.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“The residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will be well-served with this increase in marine response capacity, based out of St. Anthony, and I am pleased that we are now taking this first step that will see the creation of the Coast Guard search and rescue lifeboat station in this region.”  

Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

Quick facts

  • Under the Oceans Protection Plan, seven new lifeboat stations will be opened in strategic locations, to improve response capacity to all-hazard marine incidents and increase coverage in order to keep mariners safe and the environment protected.

  • In addition to the station being refurbished in St. Anthony, the remaining six will be located in the areas of Victoria, Hartley Bay, Port Renfrew and Nootka in British Columbia; the area of Twillingate and in Old Perlican in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • This initiative will see an investment of $108.1 million over the next five years with ongoing funding of $12.2 million creating 56 new positions to provide search and rescue services from these new stations.

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Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Vincent Hughes
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada 


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