Search and Rescue

CCG Search and Rescue Ship CCG Search and Rescue Helicopter

The mission of the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Program is to SAVE AND PROTECT lives in the maritime environment.

Search and Rescue services include monitoring marine SAR areas for distress signals, coordinating the response marine distress incidents, providing strategically located primary SAR vessels in support of SAR operations, and sponsoring the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The marine activities in Coast Guard Central and Arctic Region which may require marine Search and Rescue include commercial shipping traffic, tour boat operations, fishing and heavy pleasure craft usage, as well as significant over-water aircraft traffic. The region's boundaries contain more than half of the recreational boaters in Canada, and assistance to pleasure boaters forms the largest proportion of Search and Rescue incidents.

The Region maintains a fleet of 9 primary Search and Rescue vessels, and during the peak summer season, 6 Inshore Rescue Boats, all dedicated to helping mariners in their time of need. All Coast Guard vessels and indeed any vessel at sea can be tasked to respond to a SAR incident, as and if required. The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary provides over 100 vessels throughout the Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and the Arctic to augment Coast Guard resources. This group of dedicated volunteers handles over one quarter of the Search and Rescue calls in Central & Arctic Region. Coast Guard is also supported by the aircraft and helicopters of the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre based at Trenton, staffed jointly by Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force officers, coordinates the response to SAR incidents throughout the Region.

SAR Program Central and Arctic Region General Inquiries Contact Information:

Canadian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters
Search and Rescue Programs Branch
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON. N7T 8B1