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In order that mariners may have advance knowledge of proposed changes to existing facilities to be provided, additions, deletions and changes to such facilities under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Coast Guard are listed hereunder. Effective dates of changes and dates for the commissioning of new facilities are, however, extremely hard to forecast owing to difficulties in obtaining materials and subject to provision of necessary funds. Every effort will be made to amend dates as far in advance as possible. In every case of changes to facilities and commissioning of new facilities, an appropriate Notice to Mariners will be issued.

1. → Consolidation of the Inuvik and Iqaluit MCTS Centres

The Canadian Coast Guard will permanently close the Inuvik MCTS Centre at the end of the 2012 Arctic navigation season. Commencing with the 2013 Arctic navigation season, all services will be provided remotely by Iqaluit MCTS Centre.

2. Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone

As of July 1, 2010, the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone reporting system is mandatory for certain vessels. The NORDREG Zone, which covers Canada's northern waters, has also been extended to the outer limit of the exclusive economic zone of Canada. The following vessels are required to report information to NORDREG:

  • Vessels of 300 gross tonnage or more;
  • Vessels that are engaged in towing or pushing a vessel, if the combined gross tonnage of the vessel and the vessel being towed or pushed is 500 gross tonnage or more; and
  • Vessels carrying as cargo a pollutant or dangerous goods, or engaged in towing or pushing a vessel carrying as cargo a pollutant or dangerous goods.

The above vessels destined for the NORDREG Zone or navigating within the zone should contact NORDREG CANADA or the nearest Canadian Coast Guard MCTS centre for full information on how to comply with the new requirements.

3. → Automatic Identification System (AIS) - Installation of AIS Equipment in Eastern Canada

In 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard will commence Full Operational Condition (FOC) AIS service.

The Canadian Coast Guard AIS will cover most of Eastern Canada from the Strait of Belle Isle to the Bay of Fundy, most of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the St. Lawrence River and the Canadian Great Lakes. AIS service is now available at the following MCTS centres:

Prince Rupert

MCTS centres are able to receive dynamic information (position, heading and speed), static information (vessel description) and voyage information as transmitted by the vessel's AIS equipment. The date of commissioning of AIS service for each MCTS centre will be advertised through Notices to Shipping.

Although MCTS centres will be able to receive AIS ship safety messages, this service should only be used when other methods to communicate with an MCTS centre fail.

AIS binary message services are currently unavailable.

AIS equipment is to be operated in accordance with the Annex to Resolution A.917 (22), IMO guidelines for the onboard operational use of shipborne AIS and in conformity with the Navigation Safety Regulations (SOR/2005-134).

4. The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast Service

The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast service (radioteletype and radiofacsimile) was placed in abeyance effective September 2, 2010. The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast may be reinstated and ceased without warning as necessitated by military operational requirements. When notified, MCTS will issue a Notice to Shipping concerning reinstatement or cessation of this service.

5. Vancouver MCTS – Continuous Marine Broadcast Service

Vancouver MCTS Centre now provides a Continuous Marine Broadcast (CMB) service from its two peripheral sites: Harbour Centre (VHF Ch 83B) and Watts Point (WX-1). Detailed broadcast information (Vancouver MCTS) is available in Part 2 of this publication.

6. VHF peripheral site at Gabriola Island (Nanaimo area)

Victoria MCTS Centre now operates a multi channel VHF peripheral site on Gabriola Island. This site will increase Canadian Coast Guard's VHF radio coverage for Nanaimo, Northumberland Channel and the northern part of the Gulf Islands. Site location and channels are listed in Part 2 (Victoria MCTS).

7. → VHF-DSC Test Calls

The Canadian Coast Guard national VHF-DSC (digital selective calling) network controlled by MCTS centres processes VHF-DSC “Test Calls" from vessels provided that the marine radio meets the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standard Recommendation M.493-11 (or higher) “Digital selective-calling system for use in the maritime mobile service".

The Canadian Coast Guard VHF-DSC equipment is configured to automatically acknowledge VHF-DSC test calls within seconds of receipt provided that the MCTS centre VHF-DSC equipment is not processing higher priority DSC calls.


The frequencies listed on the following pages are those in general use by ships in Canadian waters for inter-ship communications and for ship/shore communications with MCTS centres operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Part 2 of this publication contains individual listings for MCTS centres operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, giving details of the communication and special services provided to ships.

On the following pages are frequency lists, including the geographical areas of use:

  1. Pacific Coast;
  2. Western Arctic;
  3. Athabasca & Mackenzie Inland waterways; and
  4. Eastern Arctic.
FrequenciesChannelClass of EmissionAreas UsedRemarks
Ship kHzCoast kHz
  490   F1B 4 NAVTEX Service (French)
  518   F1B 1, 4 NAVTEX Service (English)
2040     J3E   Inter-ship (vessels other than fishing and towing)
2054 2054   J3E 1 Public correspondence
2142 2559   J3E   Public correspondence
2182 2182   J3E 1, 2 International distress and calling
2187.5 2187.5   G2B   Distress, safety & calling (DSC)
2318     J3E   Inter-ship (fishing vessels)
2340 2458   J3E   Public correspondence
2366     J3E   Inter-ship (other than fishing vessels)
2638     J3E 4 Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels)
2738     J3E 4 Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels)
3023 3023   J3E 1, 2, 3, 4 International SAR On-Scene (aircraft/vessels)
4071 4363 403 J3E 2, 3 Public correspondence
4125 4125   J3E 1, 4

Distress and Safety

Includes Search and Rescue (aircraft/vessels)

4177.5 4177.5   F1B 4 Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)
4207.5 4207.5   F1B 4 Alerting frequency (DSC)
5680 5680   J3E 1, 2, 3, 4 International SAR On-Scene (aircraft/vessels)
5803 5803   J3E 3 Distress & calling
6200 →6501 601 J3E 2 Public correspondence
6215 6215   J3E 4 International distress and calling
6218.6 6218.6   J3E 2 Public correspondence
6268 6268   F1B 4 Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)
6312 6312   F1B 4 Alerting frequency (DSC)
8270 8794 826 J3E 2, 3 Public correspondence
8291 8291   J3E 4 International distress and calling
8376.5 8376.5   F1B 4 Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)
8414.5 8414.5   F1B 4 Alerting frequency (DSC)
  8416.5   F1B 4

Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)

Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts

  8456   J3C 2, 3 Radiofacsimile
→12230 →13007 →1201 J3E 2, 3 Public correspondence
12290 12290   J3E 4 International distress and calling
12520 12520   F1B 4 Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)
12577 12577   F1B 4 Alerting frequency (DSC)
16420 16420   J3E 4 International distress and calling
16695 16695   F1B 4 Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP)
16804.5 16804.5   F1B 4 Alerting frequency (DSC)
FrequenciesChannelClass of EmissionRemarks
kHz navirekHz côte
156.250 156.250 05A F3E Vessel Traffic Services
156.300 156.300 06 F3E Inter-ship safety and International SAR On-Scene (aircraft/vessels)
156.525 156.525 70 G2B Exclusively for digital selective calling (DSC) for distress, safety and calling
156.550 156.550 11 F3E Vessel Traffic Services and Pilotage
156.575 156.575 71 F3E Vessel Traffic Services
156.600 156.600 12 F3E VTS/Ports Operations/Pilotage
156.650 156.650 13 F3E Bridge to Bridge navigational traffic
156.700 156.700 14 F3E VTS/Ports Operations/Pilotage
156.725 156.725 74 F3E Vessel Traffic Services
156.800 156.800 16 F3E International distress, safety and calling
  161.650 21B F3E Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts
156.925 156.925 78A F3E Inter-ship for Fishing vessels
157.100 157.100 22A F3E Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison (channel unmonitored)
157.175 157.175 83A F3E Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison
  161.775 83B F3E Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts
157.225 161.825 84 F3E Public correspondence
157.275 161.875 85 F3E Public correspondence
157.300 161.900 26 F3E Public correspondence
161.975 161.975 87B G2B AIS-1
162.025 162.025 88B G2B AIS-2
  162.400 WX2 F3E Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts
  162.475 WX3 F3E Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts
  162.550 WX1 F3E Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts

Notes Reference VHF:

  1. “A" following a channel number means Simplex Operation on the ship station transmitting frequency.
  2. “B" following a channel number means ship stations receive only the higher coast station transmitting frequency.


  1. Transmit and receive frequencies are listed in kHz.
  2. Receiving frequencies printed in bold type are continuously monitored by MCTS centres.
  3. The numbered areas mentioned in the remarks column of centres providing communications and special services are shown on the marine weather forecasts maps and are listed in detail under the heading “Weather Forecast Areas" in Part 5.
  4. Pacific regions' MCTS centres have changed their working frequency from VHF channel 22A (157.1 MHz) to VHF channel 83A (157.175 MHz). Channel 22A may be available for use at some centres but it is no longer monitored continuously.
  5. Frequencies for which the J3E single sideband modes of emission are shown in the MCTS centre listings are designated by the carrier frequencies. The assigned frequencies are 1.4 kHz higher than the carrier frequencies listed. (This note also applies to the medium and high radiotelephone frequencies listed in the “Canadian Maritime Mobile Safety and Public Correspondence Communication Frequencies", page 1-3).
Legend for MCTS Centre Listings
AIS Automatic Identification System
BC Broadcast
C Continuously Operating Radiobeacon
CMB Continuous Marine Broadcast
DF Direction Finding
DSC Digital Selective Calling
F1B Radioteletype
F3E Radiotelephony, Frequency Modulation
G2B Phase modulation, digital information, automatic reception
H+ This symbol followed by a number indicates minutes past the hour
J3C Facsimile – Single-sideband, Suppressed Carrier
J3E Radiotelephony – Single-sideband, Suppressed Carrier
MCTS Marine Communications and Traffic Services
MMSI Maritime Mobile Service Identity Numbers
NAVTEX Automated Narrow Band Direct Printing Telegraphy Service
NBDP Narrow Band Direct Printing
SC Ship Control (Bridge Operations)
SS Ship/Shore – is an indicator for ship to shore communication and shore to ship communication
TS Time Signals
UTC Indicates Coordinated Universal Time (for practical purposes, UTC is equivalent to GMT)
* Indicates that, on this frequency, facilities are available for connecting ships directly to the commercial telephone system on shore
# Indicates that broadcasts are made simultaneously on these frequencies
VHF Direction-Finding service is available
Indicates change or addition since RAMN 2011 Annual Publication

Telephone / Facsimile / Telex Directory

Telephone / Facsimile / Telex
Service Telephone Number Facsimile Number Telex Number Answer Back Code MMSI Number
MCTS Centre (call sign)          
Comox, BC (VAC) 250-339-3613
250-339-2372     00 316 0014
Inuvik, NT (VFA) 867-777-2667 867-777-2851     00 316 0024
Prince Rupert, BC (VAJ) 250-627-3081 250-624-9075     00 316 0013
Tofino, BC (VAE) 250-726-7777
250-726-4474     00 316 0012
Vancouver, BC (VAS) 604-775-8919 604-666-8453 043-52586 CGTC VAS VCR 00 316 0010
Victoria, BC (VAK) 250-363-6611 250-363-6556     00 316 0011
VTS Offshore          
Vancouver, BC 604-666-6011 604-666-8453 04352586 CGTC VAS VCR  
NORDREG Canada          
Iqaluit, NU 867-979-5724 867-979-4264 063-15529 NORDREG CDA  
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC)
Service Telephone Number Facsimile Number Telex Number
Victoria, BC 250-363-2333
Trenton, ON 613-965-3870
613-965-7190 066-2282
Regional Office Addresses (covering the Pacific coast and Western Arctic)
Regional Superintendent
Marine Communications and Traffic Services
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Pacific Region
Institute of Ocean Sciences
P.O. Box 6000, 9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2
Telephone: 250-363-8922
Facsimile: 250-363-8929
Regional Superintendent
Marine Communications and Traffic Services
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Central and Arctic Region
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8B1
Telephone: 519-383-1937
Facsimile: 519-383-1991

Service available in English and in French

Regional Notices to Shipping (NOTSHIP) Issuing Authorities
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Vancouver MCTS Centre
Suite 2380, P.O. Box 12107
555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
Telephone: 604-666-6011
Facsimile: 604-666-8453
Email: →
Fisheries and Oce
Inuvik MCTS Centre
P.O. Box 2659
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Telephone: 867-777-2667
Facsimile: 867-777-2851