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, 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. 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.
On January 1, 2015, Ms. Jody Thomas assumed the duties of Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, becoming the first woman to be appointed to the position. She leads Canada’s Coast Guard, comprised of over 4,500 employees, which owns and operates Canada’s largest civilian fleet along more than 200,000 kilometres of coastline – the longest of any nation in the world.
Commissioner Thomas began her federal public service career in 1988 when she became Chief of Business Planning and Administration with Public Works and Government Services Canada’s Atlantic Region. Commissioner Thomas then moved to the West Coast as the Business Manager of the Esquimalt Graving Dock in Victoria, British Columbia.
Commissioner Thomas joined Passport Canada in 1995 where she served as Manager of the Victoria Passport Office. This lead to a number of senior roles within the Passport Office, culminating to Chief Operating Officer of Passport Canada in 2007, where she managed service delivery at 35 locations involving 3,000 employees across Canada.
In 2010, Commissioner Thomas joined the Canadian Coast Guard where she held the position of Deputy Commissioner of Operations for four years during which she provided leadership and functional direction in the development of Coast Guard’s strategic and operational policy frameworks, monitored their implementation and ensured the strategic direction for the cost-effective delivery of Coast Guard programs.
In September 2014, Commissioner Thomas was appointed as Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations) at the Privy Council Office until her current posting as Commissioner of the Coast Guard.
Commissioner Thomas currently holds a Commission in the Navy (Naval Reserve) and since 1984 has held various positions at sea and in Maritime Command HQ. She also 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;
- search and rescue;
- pollution response; and
- vessel traffic services.
- Quality service
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