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Canadian Coast Guard welcomes 51 new graduates into its fleet

Sydney, Nova Scotia – During its first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, on July fourth, the Canadian Coast Guard College bid fair winds and following seas to 51 graduates from its Officer Training Program. These new officers have completed the 45-month program, which is delivered in both official languages and offers a choice between Navigation and Marine Engineering streams.

These graduates have persevered through ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now ready to serve Canadians by helping mariners in need, protecting marine ecosystems, and ensuring safe passage through Canada’s waterways.

In a year full of celebration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s 60th anniversary, the arrival of 51 new officers into our fleet is one more reason to celebrate. We extend sincere congratulations to all graduates, who will join their colleagues in making a positive impact on communities across Canada.

“The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to welcome these 51 new officers into our fleet. Having gone through the program at the Canadian Coast Guard College myself, I know how much hard work and perseverance each of you has put in. Congratulations and welcome aboard!” – Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

“On behalf of the entire College faculty, staff and administration, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all Graduates of the class of 2022. Your transformation from Officer Cadets to Officers over the last 45 months has been a pleasure to observe. I have the highest confidence that the future of the Canadian Coast Guard is in good hands for years to come. I know that you will serve your communities with integrity and make us all proud – well done!” – Dena Richardson, Executive Director, Canadian Coast Guard College

Quick facts.

  • This year’s graduates will be posted to the Canadian Coast Guard Regions across Canada:
    • 15 graduates going to the Atlantic Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Central Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Western Region 
  • All Canadian Coast Guard College students receive free tuition, a training allowance, and free room and board.
  • Graduates of the Officer Training Program receive a Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Sciences) Degree from Cape Breton University and a Diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College. Navigation Officers receive a Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate Certificate, and Marine Engineering Officers receive a Fourth Class Engineering Certificate from Transport Canada. Photo Canadian Coast Guard College