The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is an indispensable element of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). It works continuously to ensure the safety of marine traffic, protect maritime trade and commerce, protect the marine environment and save lives. Air transportation services, particularly services provided by helicopters, are a key element in the CCG's readiness profile and response capability.
The very first BO-105 helicopters delivered to the Maritimes Region for evaluation.
The Canadian Coast Guard supports its aviation service requirements by utilizing its own fleet of 22 rotary wing aircraft across Canada. These aircraft are strategically located at eleven bases within the five DFO regions.
Roughly 7 million Canadians live in coastal areas, where many people in smaller communities depend of the oceans' resources and tourism to make a living. In order to protect and serve these Canadians, the Coast Guard must rely on its air transportation services to respond to the challenges of this rugged and harsh environment.
A Bell 212 Helicopter hovers over a typical coastal shoreline.
Explore this website to discover how the Canadian Coast Guard uses helicopters to perform many important day-to-day functions across Canada.