The Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) station in Rankin Inlet, NU is now open for its second operational season. The station is crewed by Indigenous post-secondary students hired and trained by the Canadian Coast Guard and represents a significant milestone under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan.
Canada’s North is experiencing steady growth in maritime traffic including local, tourist and transiting vessels. As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to Arctic and maritime safety, the annual Arctic operational season ensures safe and efficient movement of vessels in Canada's northern waters. Coast Guard presence is more important than ever for supporting the resupply of northern communities, and contributing to both search and rescue and marine environmental protection.
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.
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 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.
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.