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The Canadian Coast Guard Fleet will continue to respond to its clients' evolving needs in the professional, efficient and adaptable manner they have come to expect. This response will require ships, vessels, and helicopters that are highly adaptable and can multitask as they serve a wide variety of clients, in a number of different environments and conditions. It will also require solid partnerships across the government as well as with other public institutions.

Furthermore, Fleet will continue to invest in its information systems to ensure that a continued supply of sufficient and appropriate information is available to management on a timely basis to support effective and efficient decision making.

Fleet Information Systems


iFleet is an integrated system that will be used to replace the Fleet Activity Information System. iFleet captures activities, fuel, position, and service delivery context carried out by CCG assets. It will also be used as the means of communicating sailing orders to the vessels. It is to be implemented across the country by the end of March 2012. The deployment will include the installation of the software and the training of all seagoing personnel at the MAO-02 level and above.

Geographical Information Systems

The geographical information system, Common Operating Picture, has been in production since March 2010. The Common Operating Picture can be leveraged by all Coast Guard directorates requiring geospatial capability. To date, Marine Security Operations Centres, Marine Communications and Traffic Services and Intelligent Transportation Systems are investigating the Common Operating Picture for use in their organizations.


The Iris application is an information system used to relay messages between the Regional Operations Centres and the National Coordination Centre in Ottawa regarding vessel and helicopter positions, program tasking, and operational status. It was successfully delivered during the 2010–2011 fiscal year and is currently in use by all Regional Operations Centres across the country.

Common Core

The Common Core, a repository of vessel information, was deployed last fiscal year and is the foundation for all systems development done in Fleet. There is significant interest in using the Common Core across Coast Guard for use in other application development endeavours.

Service Level Agreement Between Fleet and Maritime Services

The Fleet Operational Readiness program directly supports the activities and programs of the Maritime Services directorate, which is responsible for the delivery of Coast Guard programs, as follows:

  • Aids to Navigation;
  • Environmental Response;
  • Icebreaking;
  • Marine Communications and Traffic Services;
  • Search and Rescue; and
  • Waterways Management.

These programs and services are intended to provide the clients and stakeholders with safe, efficient and accessible waterways as well as to protect marine areas from environmental damage. The Fleet Operational Readiness program provides the platforms to deliver these essential Coast Guard programs and services.

Removing a buoy
Removing a buoy
Photo: A. Jones

To increase transparency and internal accountability, in 2010–2011 the Fleet directorate formalized the levels of service provided to Maritime Services through the development of a service level agreement that will be in effect from April 1, 2011 until March 31, 2014.

Northern Strategy

As the strategic importance of Canada's Arctic grows, we understand our challenges: assisting the Government of Canada in fulfilling its current and future Northern Strategy, improving strategic awareness, enhancing understanding of vulnerabilities, responding to increasing and evolving service demands, and adapting ourselves in a changing and complex environment. Coast Guard will act on several fronts.

Throughout 2010–2011, Coast Guard, in partnership with DFO and other government departments and agencies, has made significant contributions toward the four priority areas of the Northern Strategy, including exercising our Arctic sovereignty, promoting social and economic development, protecting the North's environmental heritage, and improving and devolving northern governance. We have made these contributions by:

  • escorting commercial ships through ice to ensure access to northern communities;
  • supporting scientific endeavours such as hydrographic charting and marine science;
  • maintaining aids to navigation in Canadian Arctic waterways;
  • delivering primary response capability to respond to pollution incidents north of the sixtieth parallel;
  • providing maritime Search and Rescue services;
  • providing a safety radio communication service from two seasonal Arctic Marine Communications and Traffic Services: Inuvik in the west and Iqaluit in the east;
  • broadcasting weather and ice information and navigational warnings;
  • delivering food, cargo and fuel to remote sites where commercial services are unavailable;
  • conducting joint exercises with the Department of National Defence, the United States Coast Guard and other international partners; and
  • developing an improved awareness of the Arctic maritime domain through vessel identification and tracking security initiatives.

CCGS Henry Larsen, Medium Icebreaker, in the Arctic
CCGS Henry Larsen, Medium Icebreaker, in the Arctic

In 2010–2011, the Canadian Coast Guard completed the distribution of Environmental Response equipment packages in the Arctic under the Health of the Oceans Initiative, bringing the total number of Arctic equipment depots to 22.

As one of the most identifiable symbols of Canadian presence in the North, Coast Guard helps to reinforce both Canadian Arctic sovereignty and assets in Canada's North through the presence of Coast Guard personnel and Coast Guard's role in northern maritime shipping. Alongside the activities of other parts of DFO, Coast Guard advances the goals of the government's Northern Strategy, and keeps Arctic waterways open, safe and clean.

CCGS Amundsen, Medium Icebreaker
CCGS Amundsen, Medium Icebreaker
Photo : Winninpeg Free Press

The True North is our destiny. . . . To not embrace its promise now at the dawn of its ascendancy would be to turn our backs on what it is to be Canadian. . . . As Prime Minister Diefenbaker said . . . in 1961, "There is a new world emerging above the Arctic Circle." It is this world, a new world for all the peoples of the Arctic regions that we in Canada are working to build.

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
August 2008, Inuvik, Northwest Territories

We recognize that our role as Canada's civilian maritime on-water service provider has never been more important or more demanding. Every day, our women and men dedicate themselves to serving our clients and Canadians.

Should you have comments regarding this publication, please contact any of the persons named in Section 7.

CCG Helicopter flying into the horizon
CCG Helicopter flying into the horizon