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From: Canadian Coast Guard
Victoria, British Columbia – The Canadian Coast Guard plays an important role in ensuring the safety of mariners and the protection of Canada’s marine environment and coastal communities. Through the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working to improve marine safety and protect Canada’s waters and coasts today and for the future.
Today Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the official opening of the new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue station in Victoria, B.C.
This new and modern search and rescue station is situated on Dallas Road alongside the Coast Guard’s Victoria base, with easy access to the harbour. The new building offers office and meeting space, as well as living quarters on the second floor for the station crew. Solar panels were installed on the roof of the building to offset a portion of the station’s energy consumption.
As with other Coast Guard search and rescue stations along the coast of British Columbia, the Victoria station is staffed 24-hours-a-day. The highly trained crews are ready to respond at a moment’s notice to a maritime emergency in the area, which is especially important during summer months when boating activity in the area increases for the season.
The station enhances marine search and rescue capacity in southern British Columbia and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It also supports Coast Guard’s longstanding partnerships with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Royal Canadian Navy, RCMP, and local first responders.
The new building replaces a temporary station which opened in 2018.
The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. This national plan is creating a stronger marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coastlines and clean water for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.
“Under the Oceans Protection Plan, our government continues to invest in infrastructure, personnel and equipment so we can respond more quickly and effectively to emergencies at sea. From expanding the Coast Guard Auxiliary, to new SAR stations, to re-opening the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, we’re strengthening marine safety and response times from coast to coast to coast. The new station in Victoria is the latest milestone under the OPP, and I look forward to seeing it serve Canadians for decades to come.”
– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“The opening of the Victoria search and rescue station demonstrates our commitment to increasing our ability to respond to emergencies on the coast of British Columbia. Thanks to the Oceans Protection Plan, projects like these enhance our ability to respond to marine incidents, improve safe navigation on Canadian waters, provide incident response training to Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities, and upgrade communications with mariners in remote areas.”
– The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
“In 2018, our government announced our plan to build a new SAR station in Victoria, and I’m thrilled to see that vision become a reality today. The new, permanent search and rescue station in Victoria will allow the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard to better respond to marine emergencies on the busy Strait of Juan de Fuca. This station is just one way our government is delivering on its promise to keep Canada’s oceans and coastlines safe under the Oceans Protection Plan.”
– Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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