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 CCG and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

3.2 Brevity and Clarity

Proposed vessel names should be brief and easily understood by radiotelephone and other means of communication.

  • Complicated or confusing spelling and pronunciation should be avoided;
  • Professional titles (Doctor), honorific (Right Honourable) and family abbreviations (Jr., III) and incomplete names should generally be avoided, however they should be used in cases where they would complement name recognition for the subject.

These criteria should be applied in the early screening steps before a name gains too much consensus.

3.3 Commemoration

In keeping with existing government protocol concerning the naming of federal buildings and facilities, names of persons still living shall be excluded.  A proposed name will only be considered for persons posthumously.