Maritimes Region

Search and Rescue exercises in Halifax Harbour

Welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard, Maritimes Region. The region includes 11, 439 km of coastline, and encompasses three provinces, (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) as well as adjacent waters, extending to the 200-mile economic zone, including the southern Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

The region has a fleet of six helicopters, 25 vessels, including one heavy icebreaker, five ice-strengthened vessels, three science vessels, nine lifeboats and six inshore patrol vessels.

There are 3 Coast Guard bases located in the region, at Charlottetown, PEI, Dartmouth, NS and Saint John, NB, as well as 3 Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) centres, 4 Environmental Response Depots, and 9 Lifeboat Stations.

There are over 6,000 aids to navigation in the region, 850 of which are fixed aids. In addition there are 25 communication towers, 7 radar sites and 5 Differential Global Positioning Sites (DGPS) and 1 staffed Lighthouse.

The Canadian Coast Guard, Maritimes Region has over 900 employees. Regional Headquarters is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

A Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre operates out of Halifax. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax is responsible for the coordination of all Search and Rescue (SAR) operations associated with aircraft and marine emergencies in eastern Canada. The centre is located in the Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters building, in the Canadian Forces Base Halifax Dockyard. JRCC is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an Air Force Officer (SAR pilot or navigator), two Canadian Coast Guard Deck Officers and a Canadian Coast Guard Support Officer. A Canadian Forces Assistant Air Coordinator augments the day shift and is available at other times when required. Extra personnel may be called upon to support operations during periods of heavy activity.

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Maritimes (CCGA-M) is a nonprofit organization and a registered charity made up of 750 volunteer members and 450 privately owned vessels throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Isles De la Madeleine. The CCGA-M has been in existence since 1978 and provides assistance to the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of National Defense with search and rescue and safe boating programs.

The Marine Security Operations Centre (MSOC) is also based in Halifax. The MSOC is a joint facility that brings together all of the government entities responsible for the marine areas of Canada including the Coast Guard, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ministry of National Defence. It provides a single secure location where the representatives from those bureaucracies can collect, share and assess information regarding potential threats to Canadian security and enhance their common awareness of any situation. The MSOC collects and distributes data on shipping as it approaches Canadian waters with several days advance notice. This gives authorities time to assess and focus on vessels that have a higher probability of carrying contraband or otherwise be engaged in activity that could harm Canada or the US. The MSOC has close bilateral arrangements with its sister organization in the US and the two are working to improve their interoperability through officer exchanges and other programmes.

For more information on the Assistant Commissioner, go to:
Biography - Assistant Commissioner, CCG Maritimes Region (HTML Version | PDF Version [PDF - 333 KB])

Contact Information:

Canadian Coast Guard
Assistant Commissioner's Office
Marine House, 176 Portland Street,
P.O. Box 1035
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4T3
(902) 426-3908