Environmental response program

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) environmental response program aims to reduce the impacts of marine pollution in Canadian waters on:

  • public safety
  • the economy
  • the environment

We focus on being prepared and providing appropriate responses for cleaning up marine spills.

Environmental response vessel setting up oil containment equipment

Environmental response vessel setting up oil containment equipment

Emergency planning

We deal with emergency incidents on a national and regional level. Our national planning outlines how to respond to marine pollution incidents.

Our regional efforts:

Incident command system

Incident command manages operations when we’re responding to marine pollution. Our incident commander works with other organizations to respond to incidents effectively.

Response teams

Our specialized response teams are strategically located in each region of Canada. They maintain an environmental response duty officer 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We equip our teams with command and control assets, as well as systems for:

Map of environmental response equipment for Canadian Coast Guard depot sites.

Map of environmental response equipment for Canadian Coast Guard depot sites. The legend shows:

  • staffed ship facilities in blue
  • staffed shore facilities in red
  • unstaffed caches in green
  • seasonal unstaffed caches in white

Response actions

We respond to all reports of marine pollution in Canadian waters. This includes receiving the report and assessing the level of emergency. To provide efficient and appropriate responses to the reports, we work with:

Regional chapters

Regional chapters prepare for and respond to regional marine pollution incidents. They provide details on resources, strategies and procedures. Each region has watchkeeping officers who:

Working with private sector organizations

Transport Canada regulates and certifies private sector response organizations that can help with pollution emergencies. CCG emergency response teams and polluters can contract these resources for help with clean-up operations, if needed.

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Image of an icebreaker at sunset
Image of an icebreaker at sunset
Image of an icebreaker at sunset
Image of an icebreaker at sunset
Image of an icebreaker at sunset
Image of an icebreaker at sunset
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