Who We Are
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians.
As a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Canadian Coast Guard helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada’s oceans and waterways.
Canadians expect the federal government to:
- protect the marine environment;
- support economic growth;
- ensure public safety on the water; and
- ensure Canada’s sovereignty and security by establishing a strong federal presence in our waters.
The Canadian Coast Guard helps the government meet the public’s expectation of clean, safe, secure, healthy and productive waters and coastlines.
Jody Thomas, Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner
As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the Commissioner ensures that the CCG delivers its programs and meets its operational performance targets by:
- setting CCG objectives and priorities;
- approving resource allocations;
- ensuring that resources are managed well; and
- reviewing CCG’s financial situation.
The Commissioner is responsible for reporting and explaining CCG expenditures to ministers, parliamentary committees and the public.
The Commissioner reports to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The Commissioner has the authority of an Associate Deputy Minister, with one exception: comptroller functions are provided by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Corporate Services, DFO.
Ms. Jody Thomas began her career in the federal public service in 1988 as Chief, Business Planning and Administration with Public Works Canada in the Atlantic Region. Ms. Thomas then became the Atlantic Regional Business Manager, Architectural and Engineering Services and Business Manager of the Esquimalt Graving Dock in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jody joined Passport Canada in 1995 at the Victoria Passport Office where she held roles such as Project Director, and Manager of Case Management and Foreign Operations and Security Operations. She then became Director, Security Operations and Director General of Security. In 2007, Jody held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Passport Canada managing service delivery at 35 locations and with 3000 employees across Canada.
In 2010, she joined the Canadian Coast Guard where she held the position of Deputy Commissioner, Operations for four years where she provided leadership and functional direction in the development of CCG strategic and operational policy frameworks, monitored their implementation and ensured the strategic direction for the cost-effective delivery of CCG programs.
Recently, Jody was appointed Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations) at the Privy Council Office.
On January 1, 2015, Jody became the first woman to be appointed as the Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner.
Jody currently holds a Commission in the Navy (Naval Reserve) and since 1984 has held various positions at sea and in Maritime Command HQ. Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University.
Canadian Coast Guard Mission
Canadian Coast Guard services support government priorities and economic prosperity and contribute to the safety, accessibility and security of Canadian waters.
Canadian Coast Guard Vision
Through innovation and excellence, a recognized leader in maritime services and safety.
Mandate & Organizational Values
The Canadian Coast Guard’s mandate is stated in the Oceans Act and the Canada Shipping Act.
The Oceans Act gives the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans responsibility for providing:
- aids to navigation;
- marine communications and traffic management services;
- icebreaking and ice-management services;
- channel maintenance;
- marine search and rescue;
- marine pollution response; and
- support of other government departments, boards and agencies by providing ships, aircraft and other services.
The Canada Shipping Act gives the Minister powers, responsibilities and obligations concerning:
- aids to navigation;
- Sable Island;
- search and rescue;
- pollution response; and
- vessel traffic services.
- Quality service
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