The Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) was launched in 2010 with the goal of providing the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy with the vessels they need while also revitalizing Canadian shipyards, and Canada’s marine industry, and creating good quality jobs and business opportunities for Canadians across the country.
The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. We are providing the women and men of the Coast Guard, and our scientists in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, with the best equipment to conduct their important work, keeping our oceans safe, protecting the environment, conducting scientific research and keeping our economy moving.
North Vancouver, British Columbia – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will attend the launch of the second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel built at Seaspan Shipyards, in Vancouver. The vessel is being constructed for the Canadian Coast Guard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and will support important scientific research by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, officially welcomed CCGS Captain Molly Kool to the Coast Guard fleet at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Region Headquarters in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson will be in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador for the official dedication to service ceremony of the first new Coast Guard icebreaker in 25 years, the CCGS Captain Molly Kool.
The Canadian Coast Guard is opening its six seasonal rescue stations across Quebec, in Saint-Zotique, Vaudreuil (Lac des Deux Montagnes), Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel and Trois-Rivières for the summer season.
Fisheries play a vital economic role in rural coastal communities across Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Over the past weeks, some fish harvesters in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador and parts of Quebec have faced delays in the start of the fishing seasons due to ice conditions, affecting their ability to earn income.