New Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue lifeboats for Newfoundland

News Release

September 11, 2017

Conception Bay South - Newfoundland and Labrador – The Government of Canada is investing in new Search and Rescue (SAR) lifeboats to ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment they need to keep Canadians and Canadian waterways safe.

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced today that one of the 20 planned new SAR lifeboats will be named after Conception Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador. This new “Bay” class of boats will all be named after geographical bays across Canada.

The CCGS Conception Bay will be stationed in the Atlantic region.


Jane Kelsey, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Stephen Tessier, Mayor of Conception Bay South in Conception Bay South, NL, at the naming of the CCGS Conception Bay search and rescue lifeboat.

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 “Infrastructure investment is a priority for our Government. It benefits all Canadians and demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to promote the maritime industry—a key economic sector for a number of regions. We are proud of this investment in the new Search and Rescue lifeboats, and the tribute to our vast and beautiful country by naming them after bays, including Conception Bay.

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

“The Government of Canada’s investment in new equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard is important across our region, especially in our coastal communities where so many depend on the sea for their livelihood. It is an honour for the people of Conception Bay South to have a critical national asset named after our beautiful bay in recognition of the importance of our community.”

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

Quick Facts

  • Chantier Naval Forillon and Hike Metal were awarded contracts totaling $89.2 million to build twelve of the new SAR lifeboats.

  • The new high-endurance, self-righting Search and Rescue lifeboats will operate up to 100 nautical miles from shore, delivering improved search and rescue capability.

  • In total, the Coast Guard will be receiving 20 new SAR lifeboats. Fifteen new search and rescue lifeboats are being built under the Federal Infrastructure Initiative and the Fleet Renewal Plan and five are committed under the Oceans Protection Plan. These assets will provide critical search and rescue services for Canadians and will benefit Canadians and the Canadian marine industry.

  • Search and rescue lifeboat stations are strategically located across Canada and are operated by highly-trained professional Canadian Coast Guard personnel well-equipped to respond to marine incidents in near-shore areas.

  • Under the Oceans Protection Plan, Newfoundland will have new Coast Guard stations in the areas of Twillingate and Bay de Verde, and St. Anthony.

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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


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