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Our Mandate

The Canadian Coast Guard owns and operates the federal government's civilian fleet and provides key maritime services to Canadians.

As a special operating agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we help the department meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. We also play a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada's oceans and waterways.

Canadians expect the federal government to:

We help the government meet the public's expectation of clean, safe, secure, healthy and productive waters and coastlines.


Our services support government priorities and economic prosperity and contribute to the safety, accessibility and security of Canadian waters.


Through innovation and excellence, we are a recognized leader in maritime services and safety.

Mandate and organizational values

Our mandate is stated in the Oceans Act and the Canada Shipping Act.

The Oceans Act gives the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard responsibility for providing:

The Canada Shipping Act gives the Minister powers, responsibilities and obligations concerning:

Organizational values

Our values include:

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