On January 26, 1962, the creation of the Canadian Coast Guard was announced. “Since that day, the familiar red and white hulls of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet have become a part of our national heritage, a reassuring symbol of service and safety, a beacon of hope for mariners in distress and a source of pride for Canadians,” the CCG declared in an anniversary statement.
Through innovation and excellence, the Canadian Coast Guard has become a recognized leader in maritime services and safety, both nationally and internationally. Our employees are not only responsible for patrolling the world’s longest coastline, but also for the safe passage of international ships in our waters, the boaters who navigate our lakes and oceans, and providing essential services to Northern communities.
Whether at sea or ashore, Canadian Coast Guard personnel are there for Canadians 24/7, 365 days a year. Employees carry out operations vital to coastal communities and marine industries, including search and rescue, environmental response, icebreaking, marine traffic control, and aids to navigation.
Our theme for this anniversary is “Celebrate the past. Navigate the future.” Today, and throughout 2022, we are celebrating our employees and all of their accomplishments in the last 60 years, and focussing on how we can continue to evolve as a progressive, innovative organization by developing a diverse, highly trained, professional, and nimble workforce – for today and tomorrow. The continued renewal of our fleet, under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, will ensure that our employees have the modern vessels and equipment they need to carry out their important work protecting Canada’s mariners as well as its waters, coasts and coastal communities, and to support economic growth.
Over the coming years, Canada will be growing our ocean and freshwater economy to create good, sustainable opportunities right across the country. With this growth, the Canadian Coast Guard will play an increasingly critical role in protecting our oceans and those who make their living from them by ensuring modern services that meet today’s mariners’ needs. (photo Canadian Coast Guard)