Integrated Human Resource and Business Plan 2018

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Executive summary

Coast Guard ship in construction (Bay Class)

More than $800 Million in federal funding will be invested in Coast Guard over the next 5 years, rejuvenating our equipment and our fleet, adding more than 800 members...

The Canadian Coast Guard has proudly carried out its duties on Canada’s oceans, Great Lakes and major waterways for more than half a century. Today, increasing challenges in Canada’s marine environment, partially driven by climate change, and an uncertain global security environment in the maritime domain have shone a spotlight on the importance of a robust and capable Coast Guard.

On an average day, the Coast Guard leads the coordination of 16 maritime incident responses, assisting 43 people and saving 9 lives. Without our organization, Canada would be ill-equipped to respond to the specialized events which occur daily on our waters.

Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Coast Guard has received unprecedented support to better protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, improve marine safety, and meaningfully engage and partner with Indigenous peoples and coastal communities.

More than 800 million in federal funding is being invested in the Coast Guard over 5 years, rejuvenating our equipment and our fleet, adding more than 800 members, and allowing our organization to increase its focus on preventive measures.

The impact of these changes will be significant. While the Coast Guard has served and will continue to serve as a platform to support our partners, we have also been provided with the mandate and direction to act proactively, especially with regards to marine pollution response. For example, the Coast Guard continues to advance the Government of Canada’s national strategy to address wrecked and abandoned vessels, including new legislation to strengthen owner responsibility and liability for their vessels.

To ensure that we have the right tools to support our mandate and broader Government of Canada priorities, the Coast Guard continues to develop its fleet renewal plan in consultation with its partners and stakeholders. Building new ships takes time, and the Coast Guard is taking action to ensure continued service delivery, including vessel life extension work for existing ships and acquiring new vessels.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard is working closely with the marine industry to support the continued success of Canada’s economy.We are also promoting innovation, including projects that aim to reduce the environmental impacts of our operations, such as potential solutions that would harness kinetic energy from ships to reduce their reliance on fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

In the Arctic, marine traffic is increasing despite the challenging operating conditions. As such, the Coast Guard is expanding its presence to improve marine safety and environmental protection measures in the area. As part of this, our organization is strengthening its relationships with Indigenous and northern communities to increase collaboration on marine issues.

The Coast Guard’s 2018 Integrated Human Resources and Business Plan elaborates on these themes and more. Readers will receive a comprehensive understanding of the Coast Guard’s identity and direction as the organization evolves to meet changing environmental, economic, safety and security challenges within Canada’s maritime domain.

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