Capacity building and contingency planning
Find out how our capacity building and contingency planning group supports Canadian maritime security at home and abroad.
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Training and capacity building
Building our contribution to international maritime security capacity supports Canadian government initiatives such as:
- promoting peace and security
- pursuing sustainable use of the ocean ecosystem and its resources
- strengthening shared commitments by all countries to follow international laws
Our mentorship teams work with other government departments, leading workshops and training sessions to improve regional and international maritime security operations. We deploy our teams internationally to provide global maritime safety and security training, which covers topics such as:
- search and rescue
- environmental response
- maritime domain awareness
Our mentors work with international maritime organizations to enhance regional responses to maritime incidents by:
- introducing standardized procedures
- improving local, national and regional partnerships
- providing training accredited by the International Maritime Organization
For example, Canadian Coast Guard mentors have participated in maritime safety and security exercises in East Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. These programs contribute to improving the confidence and capability of safety organizations and security forces in these nations.
Maritime security contingency planning
Contingency planning ensures that we’re able to react quickly and effectively to possible security threats in, to or from Canada’s maritime domain. We do this by organizing our actions and resources ahead of time to avoid delays in responding to an incident.
Our branch focuses on the Canadian Coast Guard contribution to long term preparation for significant planned events in Canada, such as the:
- 2018 G7 Charlevoix Summit
- Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
Events like these are particularly vulnerable to security threats when they have prominent media coverage and significant global interest and impact. We work with multiple government agencies to provide security for these events by:
- coordinating shared resources
- developing in-house experience and expertise
- participation in both the planning and execution stages
- preparing detailed documentation and templates after each event
Reviewing each event lets us plan future actions and ensures that each responder fully understands their responsibilities. This way we can prepare for any situation that may occur during future events.
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