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Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard

Photo: Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard

Contact information
CCG Commissioner’s Office
200 Kent Street
Station 15E195
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6


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:

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, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (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.


Mr. Pelletier joined the Canadian Coast Guard in 1985 and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s in nautical sciences from Cape Breton University (Canadian Coast Guard College) and obtaining a Marine Engineer’s certificate.

He started his career as an engineer officer in the Quebec Region. In 1998, he joined headquarters, where he held positions with increasing responsibilities. In 2011, Mr. Pelletier was appointed Director General, Fleet. He held that position until the new organizational structure of the Canadian Coast Guard took effect on October 1, 2012 when he became the Assistant Commissioner of the Central and Arctic Region.

On June 1, 2015, Mr. Pelletier was appointed the Deputy Commissioner of Operations. He received a Commissioner’s Commendation in recognition of his strong leadership, commitment and the high level of expertise and professionalism.

Mr. Pelletier was appointed Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard on December 9, 2019 and came to this role with vast experience and a well-established reputation for meeting challenges and obtaining desired results.

Mr. Pelletier’s top priorities for the Coast Guard are modernization of its services to Canadians as well as the renewal of the fleet. Coast Guard workforce remains a top priority with a focus on workforce diversity through recruitment, retention and career development as well as the overall employees’ wellness. While having the best equipment, you need the right people to be successful as an organization.

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