Search and Rescue

CCG Cutter Cape Sutil

About SAR

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is responsible for a number of Search and Rescue (SAR) tasks. These include the detection of maritime incidents and, with the assistance of the Department of National Defence (DND), the co-ordination, control and conduct of SAR operations in marine SAR situations within Canadian areas of federal responsibility; the provision of marine resources to help with air SAR operations as necessary; and, when and where available, the provision of SAR resources to assist in humanitarian and civil incidents within provincial, territorial or municipal areas.

Provider of the primary maritime SAR response element, the Canadian Coast Guard augments it through the use of multi-tasked and secondary SAR vessels. Furthermore, the CCG oversees the activities of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA), a volunteer organization.