Search and Rescue
Register a beacon
It is mandatory for all 406 MHz ELTs and EPIRBs to be registered with the Canadian Beacon Registry.
Maritime Mobile Service Identity MMSI
It is not necessary that a ship have a radio licence in order to be issued an MMSI.
Who needs VHF-DSC Radio?
Certain vessels must be equipped with a VHF-DSC radio when making near coastal or unlimited voyages off the coasts of Canada. Learn more about emergency communication equipment from the Small Commercial Vessel Safety Guide
SAR New Intiatives Fund
Inshore rescue boat IRB Service
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
The Canadian Coast Guard oversees CCGA activities. Learn more about the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Report a Maritime SAR Incident
Emergency Numbers (24-hour)
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island
- Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories
- British Columbia, Yukon
Description of plan for co-operation
The text of regulation SOLAS V/7.3"Passenger ships to which Chapter 1 applies, shall have onboard, a plan for co-operation with appropriate Search and Rescue (SAR) service in the event of an emergency. The Plan shall be developed in co-operation between the ship, the company, as defined in regulation IX/1, and the Search and Rescue services. The Plan shall include provisions for periodic exercises to be undertaken to test its effectiveness."
Description of a plan for co-operation between Search and Rescue services and passenger ships
- Company Information, 24/7 contacts
- Ship information
- SAR information
- SAR facilities
- Media relations
- Periodic exercices
Canadian Rescue Centres do not maintain the status of SAR Data Providers.
A SAR Data Provider should be capable of providing the SAR Plan for each ship to any Rescue Service 24/7 & 365 days a year. They can be Ships Agents, Company Representatives, and Company HQ staff designated for such actions, but the ship itself cannot be the SAR Data Provider. Designated staff should be able to send detailed, updated SAR Plans by e-mail or fax and other electronic means, as soon as requested by the Rescue Services.
The International Contact to Register all SOLAS Passenger Ship SAR Co-operation Plans resides with HMCG MRSC Falmouth in the United Kingdom tel: +44 1326 317575 website: International SAR Co-operation Plans Index
Worldwide Rescue Services can be found by using: Sarcontacts or the Admiralty List of Radio Signals Volume #5.
SAR Program Sarnia, Ontario
Canadian Coast Guard
Search and Rescue Programs Branch
520 Exmouth Street
SAR Program Victoria, British Columbia
Canadian Coast Guard
25 Huron Street
Victoria BC, V8V 4V9
Fax Number: 250-480-2793
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