Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 06, 2015 12:50 ET

Canadian Coast Guard College Celebrates Class of 2015

Graduation ceremony held as part of the College's 50th anniversary celebrations

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 6, 2015) - The Canadian Coast Guard College today graduated 41 new officers from across the country into service at a ceremony in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The new officers come from seven different provinces and will be immediately posted to Canadian Coast Guard vessels.

The Canadian Coast Guard College is a national maritime training facility located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Opened in September 1965 the College has built a solid reputation on a foundation of quality service and expert maritime training. As a residential facility that provides training and services in both official languages, the College remains unique in the world.

Throughout 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard College is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The College has been instrumental in developing and supporting mariners in Canada and throughout the world through its highly recognized educational and technical programs.

Since its opening, more than 1,000 fleet officers have graduated from the College. Over the same time hundreds of international students have been trained in specialty programs. Graduates leave the College with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Nautical Science from Cape Breton University, as well as commercial certification as a Ship's Officer from Transport Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Established in 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College has graduated more than 1,000 fleet officers.
  • Over the same time hundreds of international students have been trained in specialty programs.
  • The College is located in a forested campus near Sydney on the shores of Sydney Harbour. More than 200 people work at the campus.
  • The 41 graduates come from across Canada, representing seven provinces in total.


"Our Government is pleased to accept these outstanding men and women into the Canadian Coast Guard. All Canadians will benefit from the skills and dedication they will bring to their new duties to protect mariners and our environment. We are proud that our unprecedented investments in renewing the Coast Guard fleet, equipment and assets will benefit to our new graduates."

- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

"Today's graduates have shown themselves capable of rising to a challenge. I welcome them into the Coast Guard and wish them fair winds in their careers ahead."

- Jody Thomas, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard


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Contact Information

  • Stephen Bornais
    Communications Advisor
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region