Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.1 - Search and Rescue Services


The Canadian Coast Guard's maritime Search and Rescue Services Program leads, delivers, and maintains preparedness for the 5.3 million square kilometre maritime component of the federal search and rescue system; it does so with the support of multiple stakeholders and partners, including the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of National Defence. Through communication, coordination, and the delivery of maritime search and rescue response and operational awareness, the Program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations. Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Marine Communications and Traffic Services programs are integral contributors to the delivery of this program. The legal basis or authority for the Search and Rescue Services Program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867, the Oceans Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
34.2 34.2 33.3 33.0

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
104 95 95

Performance Measurement

Loss of life or injury to mariners in distress is minimized Percentage of lives saved relative to total reported lives at risk in the maritime environment ≥ 90% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • Finalize Consolidation of Marine Rescue Sub-Centres - Consolidate Marine Rescue Sub-Centres located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Quebec City, Quebec, into existing Joint Rescue Coordination Centres in Trenton, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Search and Rescue Services Program is delivered through two sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture: