Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working with Indigenous and coastal communities and stakeholders in the marine industry to help maintain safe and clean Canadian waters and coasts today and for future generations.
The Government of Canada is committed to building up the capacity of the Canadian Coast Guard with improved and new equipment, clearer authorities, and additional resources to keep our waters open, and to support marine science so that we have a better understanding of our ocean environment.
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.