Inshore Rescue Boat-North Program

The Canadian Coast Guard hires and trains students each summer to become members of an Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Crew. Students are trained in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations by Coast Guard regional staff and following successful completion of training, are assigned as Crew Members to IRB stations. Each station is staffed with two teams of four persons: one Supervisor and three Crew Members.

To apply to the IRB-North Program, you must be Inuit, and currently enrolled in a college, university, or other ongoing educational or training program; or, will be enrolling in a college, university or other ongoing educational or training program for the fall semester of 2018.

Once selected into this program, the candidate may participate in the program for up to two (2) seasons after the successful completion of their studies.

Candidates MUST meet the following criteria by March 31, 2018:

  1. Hold a valid Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) LEVEL C.
  2. Hold a valid standard First-Aid Certificate.

Please note: You do not need the above criteria to apply to this program.

As a condition of employment, candidates must also pass the following mandatory requirements:

  • successfully pass a Health Canada physical exam and a hearing exam (Health Evaluation Schedule)
  • meet the necessary security standard (National Security Investigation).


PLEASE NOTE that you are strongly encouraged to submit your application online via the site, as you will be asked to complete SCREENING QUESTIONS concerning the essential experience and occupational certification as well as the asset qualifications.

If you are unable to submit an application online, the application and questionnaire can be mailed, emailed or faxed to:

Canadian Coast Guard
Arctic Search and Rescue Program
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON  N7T 8B1
Fax: 519 383-1991
by January 12, 2018.

To get a copy of the questionnaire that needs to accompany your application, please contact Steve Thompson or Peter Garapick.

Steve ThompsonPeter Garapick

ATTN: Arctic Search and Rescue Program
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON  N7T 8B1

ATTN: Arctic Search and Rescue Program
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON  N7T 8B1

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Applications for the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) North Program.

The deadline is January 12, 2018

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