Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 15, 2008 18:04 ET

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Deployment of 47' Vessel

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today issued the following statement:

On May 12th, I announced improvements in the Canadian Coast Guard's search and rescue (SAR) capabilities in the Lower North Shore of Quebec. This additional resource in that area will enable the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) to continue to focus on what it does best, that is, provide valuable services to mariners in Canadian waters.

The CCG identified a need for increased SAR capabilities in the Lower North Shore of Quebec. Given the availability of the lifeboat Cap Perce, the CG decided to take immediate action on the recommendation to increase SAR coverage on the Lower North Shore by positioning the 47' lifeboat there.

The lifeboat CCGS Cap Perce will be deployed from the Coast Guard College in Sydney where it was used for training purposes. There will be no loss of SAR capacity or employment to Nova Scotia. Whereas, the Cap Perce was used mainly for training purposes, it will now be used to save lives in an area that has been identified as needing increased SAR capabilities.

The CCG training needs at the College will continue to be met through the more than 30 vessels already on site. In addition to these on-site vessels, CCG personnel will continue to receive practical training aboard CCG vessels across the country.

In our government's first three budgets, the Coast Guard has received over $1.5 billion to strengthen its fleet. We are making the necessary investments to ensure the Coast Guard can do its important work.

Our government also strongly supports the Canadian Coast Guard College. It was an additional $3 million permanently added to the school's annual budget by our government that put this important institution on stable footing.

While certain people have recently paid lip service to the college in an effort to score political points, the facts tell a different story. In 2004, with the future of the Coast Guard College very much in doubt due to lack of funding, the College did not accept any applications for new students. As a result, there will be no graduating class this year at the college.

Our commitment to the Canadian Coast Guard and the Coast Guard College is clear, and backed up with real action that will serve Canadians well, now and in the years ahead.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Phil Jenkins
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Joshua Zanin
    Special Assistant, Communications