Icebreaking is a key factor in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on Canadian waterways, and helps contribute to year-round shipping and economic growth. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Coast Guard with the equipment it needs to ensure these waterways are kept safe and open for business.
The Canadian Coast Guard plays an important role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the protection of Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities. Through the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s waters and coasts today and for the future.
While in Gaspé for the announcement of the Quebec Fisheries Fund, the Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, took the opportunity to meet with the employees of the Rivière-au-Renard Search and Rescue Station. Commanding Officer Rudy Kerschbaumer and his crew welcomed the Minister and accompanied her aboard the CCGS Cap d'Espoir, a vessel primarily intended for search and rescue missions at sea.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s nine seasonally operated search and rescue lifeboat stations on the Great Lakes, Georgian Bay and St. Lawrence River in Ontario are now open. Located at Kingston, Cobourg, Port Weller, Port Dover, Amherstburg, Tobermory, Goderich, Meaford and Thunder Bay, these stations are strategically located to provide fast response and reduce the number and severity of maritime incidents.
The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Lake Superior that icebreaking operations will start as early as March 19, 2019. The purpose of this annual operation is to break up the ice in order to allow commercial vessels safe and efficient movement into and out of the Port of Thunder Bay.
The Government of Canada is supporting the development of well-trained, skilled personnel to serve the aerospace industry of the future, by donating surplus Coast Guard assets to educational institutions across Canada. These donations are helping to support aircraft maintenance training in Canada, providing practical and hands-on experience to students.
The Government of Canada is supporting the development of well-trained, skilled personnel to serve the aerospace industry of the future, by donating surplus Coast Guard assets to colleges and universities across Canada.
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) advises people living nearby or using the shores of the St. Lawrence River, that spring icebreaking operations will begin between Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets and Sorel, on Monday February 25, 2019.