Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.2 - Marine Communications and Traffic Services


The Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program is delivered by the Canadian Coast Guard. The safety of mariners and marine environmental protection in Canadian waters both depend on the efficient and timely communication of information. The Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program ensures a reliable communication system is available around the clock to contribute to the safety of life at sea, the protection of the marine environment, the safe and efficient navigation of shipping in Canadian waterways, and maritime domain awareness. Services include the provision of marine distress and general radio communications, the broadcasting of maritime safety information, the screening of vessels entering Canadian waters, the regulation of vessel traffic in selected Canadian waters, the provision of marine information to other federal government departments and agencies, and a marine telephone call service on a cost-recovery basis. The Canadian Coast Guard's Shore-based Asset Readiness and Canadian Coast Guard College programs are integral contributors to the delivery of this program. The legal basis or authority for the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867, the Oceans Act, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and, by virtue of an agreement with Transport Canada, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, 2001.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
45.5 45.5 38.0 37.0

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
399 350 323

Performance Measurement

Vessels have the marine communications and traffic services support they need to transit Canadian waters safely Percentage of total number of collisions, strikings, and groundings out of the total vessel movements within vessel traffic system zones < 1% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery Priority

  • Arctic Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Consolidation - Complete the consolidation of Arctic Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and Iqaluit, Nunavut, into a single centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut. All services will be provided from the single centre at the same level as before.