3 Guidelines

3.1 Suitability

The suitability of a particular choice of name has three dimensions, namely:

  • promoting Canadian culture, history, geography and sovereignty by honouring people and places of importance to Canadians;
  • relevance and acceptability of the name to clients, stakeholders and the general public;
  • the extent to which the name promotes a positive image of the Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

3.2 Brevity and Clarity

Proposed vessel names should be brief and easily understood via radiotelephone and other means of communication, therefore:

  • complicated or confusing spelling and pronunciation should be avoided;
  • professional titles (e.g. Doctor), honorifics (e.g. Right Honourable), familial abbreviations (e.g. Jr., III) and incomplete names should generally be avoided, however may be used in cases where they would complement name recognition for the subject.

3.3 Commemoration

In keeping with the Federal Government’s policy concerning the naming of federal buildings and facilities, names of persons still living shall be excluded. Proposed names of individuals shall only be considered for inclusion in a pool when the person has been deceased for at least three (3) years.