Integrated Human Resource and Business Plan 2018

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Our priorities

The sea, as any mariner knows, is unpredictable and often dangerous. Canada’s vast and tempestuous maritime domain is no exception and comes with an inherent set of challenges that range from operating in challenging weather conditions to navigating through thick sea ice in the highest reaches of the Arctic. Despite these challenges, we have never wavered in our commitment to deliver world class services in pursuit of safe, clean, and accessible Canadian waterways.


Our members are the ones who allow Coast Guard to implement any priority, respond to any call or any command, when asked, for the greater good. They open stations, build vessels, help assist grounded vessels and mariners in distress, keep our waters safe, and perform important corporate functions which enable operational work. Coast Guard will continue supporting and investing in its people, and will strive to build an organizational culture that is welcoming, inclusive, open, fair and respectful.

Coast Guard is committed to improving the stabilization of the Phoenix pay system for its members and for the system as a whole and is making every effort to ensure that pay is accurate and on time.

Canadian Coast Guard members at work on the bridge of the CCGS Pierre Radisson

An Active Community Presence in the Arctic

An area where the Coast Guard is taking on a stronger leadership role is in the Arctic. The importance of our presence in this region will increase as our organization engages in stronger relationships with Indigenous and northern communities. Through a solid foundation of cooperation, collaboration and joint response in Canada’s northern region and with the establishment of an Arctic Region, the Coast Guard will have a greater capacity to respond to marine emergencies while strengthening our position as a key economic enabler and supporting sustainable resource development.


As a participant in the Innovation Solutions Canada (ISC) program, the Coast Guard will soon begin to receive proposed solutions from businesses for a challenge statement that supports the Government’s priority of greening its operations. The ISC program supports the growth of Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs by funding research and development and having the federal government act as a first customer. It is led by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Coast Guard is seeking solutions for harnessing kinetic energy from the roll, pitch and yaw of marine vessels with the goal of reducing energy consumption and reliance on externally-sourced and stored energy.

If successful, a solution would help Coast Guard reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations on the water, in support of Canada's Paris Agreement commitment to fight global warming and climate change through significant greenhouse gas reductions through 2030. This would be part of a process of 'decarbonizing,' which refers to an accelerating reduction of GHGs through time.

Of note, Coast Guard is applying a GBA+ lens on how it operates, looking at the uniform manual, crewing, national recruitment and retention strategies, even how ships are designed and refurbished. These initiatives underscore Coast Guard’s internal culture of innovation and the creative capacity of its members.

Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan

Coast Guard ship deploying environmental response equipment.

The Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) is a whole-of-government approach to creating a world-leading marine safety system that improves responsible shipping and protects Canada’s waters, including enhanced preventative and response measures through engagement and partnership with Indigenous Nations and other coastal communities across the country.

OPP will include over $1.5B in funding over five years that will support initiatives balancing Canadians’ concerns for their waters with the need to continue supporting a strong economy, as well as an action plan to deliver results for the coming decades. As a result, the Coast Guard will create 800 new positions while also keeping up with the typical attrition rates within the Agency.

To properly address and execute the OPP, Coast Guard has established the Change Leadership & Implementation Management Team. This is a national team working closely with project management teams in Headquarters and each region to oversee the execution and the implementation.

In addition, the OPP will expand the Coast Guard’s role in patrolling and managing Canada’s marine environment 24/7 and acting as a first responder to marine incidents. It will also:

  • Increase incident management and responsive capacity;
  • Increase asset management capacity;
  • Expand duties and training of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary;
  • Strengthen Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres; and
  • Expand our formal network of partners to include Indigenous and local communities and other levels of government.

Furthermore, the OPP will drive the development of a new, innovative exercise strategy for the Coast Guard. This is being achieved through the establishment of a Coast Guard Exercise Framework document; development of a Coast Guard Exercise Planning Manual; contracting exercise consultants to support exercise development, delivery and evaluation; and conducting Incident Command System (ICS) collective training in the 3 Regions.

While the Coast Guard’s role has remained largely the same over the course of its history, the federal government recently empowered the organization to assume leadership over marine pollution within Canadian waters. This shift will have a substantial impact on Coast Guard operations, providing the agency with authority to address vessels of concern proactively before they become hazards to the marine environment.

Building Relationships and Partnerships with Indigenous Communities

One of our top priorities is to advance reconciliation through building and strengthening our long-term relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities. We will increase the meaningful participation, capacity and role of Indigenous communities in marine safety and the environmental protection of Canada’s oceans and waterways, including the OPP and ongoing Coast Guard programs and services.

We will also promote and support greater business and employment opportunities for Indigenous peoples, including procurement, employment and retention within Coast Guard, which will support economic prosperity and community well-being.

To do this, we will continue to engage, share marine domain awareness through the Collaborative Situational Awareness Portal and work with Indigenous communities to implement the OPP through Indigenous Community Response Training; bolstering the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary from coast to coast; the installation of new life boat stations and radar sites; and the development of partnership agreements and other arrangements to formalize our collaboration on marine safety.

Our commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in marine safety and environmental protection will better protect Indigenous and neighbouring coastal communities, strengthen Coast Guard’s overall capacity to deliver marine safety services to all Canadians, and advance reconciliation and other Government of Canada priorities related to Indigenous peoples. 

Engaging with Industry Partners

Canadian Coast Guard members wearing personal protection equipment.

Close cooperation between the Coast Guard and industry partners supports the continued success of Canada’s marine economy. The Coast Guard is committed to facilitating productive engagement with industry partners through a range of venues, including meetings of the Regional Marine Advisory Boards, National Marine Advisory Board, and Transport Canada’s Canadian Marine Advisory Council. 

Supporting the Government of Canada’s Priorities

Under the OPP, the Coast Guard will support the following Government of Canada priorities:

  • Creating a world-leading marine safety system, including new preventive and response measures;
  • Acting in collaboration with Transport Canada (TC) to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels in Canadian waters, which can pose major environmental risks in addition to economic and safety concerns; 
  • Working with TC to Modernize the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF), and strengthen the polluter-pays principle; 
  • Strengthening our partnerships and launching co-management practices with Indigenous communities, including building local emergency response capacity; and
  • Investing in additional science including oil spill cleanup research and methods to ensure an evidence-based approach to emergency response.

Work is now underway with Fisheries and Oceans, TC, and Environment and Climate Change Canada to implement the initiatives that were recently announced to support their joint mandate to improve marine safety while preserving the health of aquatic ecosystems.

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