Integrated Human Resource and Business Plan 2018

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Our history


The origin of the Canadian Coast Guard extends as far back as the 1700s when the first lifeboats and lighthouses went into service in Eastern Canada.

In 1868, a year after Confederation, the government established the Department of Marine and Fisheries, which assumed responsibility for all matters related to maritime domain, including the operations of government vessels of varying uses, aids to navigation, lifesaving stations, waterways and canals.

In 1936, this responsibility shifted to the Department of Transport. During the 1940s-1950s, ocean commerce expanded immensely, leading to the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959.

By 1962, the need for a national agency to regulate increased marine traffic resulted in the establishment of Coast Guard as Canadians know it today.

Notable Events: Coast Guard Timeline (1962-2017)

Leon Balcer, Minister of Transport (1962).


Minister of Transport Leon Balcer officially announces the establishment of the Canadian Coast Guard in the House of Commons.

Aerial view of the Canadian Coast Guard College (1965).


The Canadian Coast Guard College is established in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to train personnel for service on Coast Guard ships.

Aerial view of the Canadian Coast Guard College (1981).


Rising numbers of Cadets lead to the construction of a larger, more modern Coast Guard campus.

Aids to navigation deployed to a barge.


Coast Guard is transferred from the Department of Transport to Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) as part of a government initiative to amalgamate its 2 largest civilian fleets.

Canadian Coast Guard Headquarters in Ottawa.


Coast Guard receives a new designation as a “Special Operating Agency” under the Ministerial responsibility of DFO.

Mock-up of the CCGS Diefenbaker


The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), a long-term project to renew the fleet of Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy is unveiled by the federal government.

Canadian Coast Guard's Golden Jubilee celebrating 50 years of service to Canadians.


Coast Guard celebrates its “Golden Jubilee” - 50 years of service to Canadians.

Jody Thomas, the first female Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard (2015).


Jody Thomas becomes Coast Guard’s first female Commissioner.

Canadian Coast Guard ship in operation in the north.


A new era for Coast Guard commences with the federal government’s $800 million Oceans Protection Plan, a comprehensive strategy to preserve and protect the environmental and economic health of Canada’s oceans and waterways in partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities.

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