The Canadian Coast Guard Broadens its Horizons
he new Central and Arctic Region, which includes Quebec, represents the major St. Lawrence–Great Lakes navigation corridor and the great Arctic region. The Canadian Coast Guard’s services to navigators are indispensible on these key waterways passing between settled shores and through fragile ecosystems. Our mission in the Arctic is evolving and expanding given the dramatic changes in climate and ice conditions in this northern environment, which is drawing increased attention both nationally and internationally.
In the fall of 2013, the Central and Arctic Region will move its administrative offices to a new location on the fifth floor of 105 McGill Street in Old Montréal. Employees of the Assistant Commissioner’s Office, Regional Operations Centre, Ice Operations Centre, Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) office and Fleet Directorate team will all work there. However, to facilitate a gradual transition, temporary offices have been set up in Montréal’s Place Bonaventure since early February 2013.
To ensure continuous, high-quality service, the technical staff responsible for aids to navigation services, Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS), search and rescue, environmental response and waterways management will remain at their current bases in Québec and Sarnia or in operations centres across the territory. Ships will also remain at their usual bases, though they may be deployed throughout the greater region.
Mario Pelletier, Assistant Commissioner
Canadian Coast Guard