Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.4 - Fleet Operational Readiness


The Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Operational Readiness Program provides safe, reliable, available, and operationally capable vessels, air cushion vehicles, helicopters, and small craft with competent and professional crews ready to respond to on-water and maritime-related requirements. This program involves fleet management and operations, fleet maintenance, and fleet asset procurement. Through the Fleet Operational Readiness Program, the Canadian Coast Guard ensures that the Government of Canada's civilian fleet meets the current and emerging needs and priorities of Canadians and the Government of Canada. The Fleet Operational Readiness Program supports Coast Guard programs, the science and fisheries and aquaculture management activities of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the activities of a number of other government departments needing on-water delivery in support of their mandates. The Canadian Coast Guard College is an important contributor to the delivery of this program. The legal basis and authority for this program and capability is found in the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Oceans Act.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
477.1 478.5 432.3 402.2

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
2,702 2,702 2,702

Performance Measurement

An operationally capable fleet that responds to the needs and requirements of the Government of Canada Percentage of client mission completion against client-approved planned 90% by March 31, 2014
Percentage of operational days lost due to breakdowns 3% by March 31, 2014
The percentage of operational life remaining of the fleet of large vessels, the fleet of small vessels, and the fleet of helicopters 50% by March 31, 2014

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

  • Vessel Life Extensions - Complete the Vessel Life Extension Program planning project and the CCGS Amundsen Vessel Life Extension - Phase 1 project (vessel expected to be operational Summer 2013).
  • Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels - Procure nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels to support the Department's fisheries Conservation and Protection Program and Maritime Security Program. In 2013-14, three vessels are planned to be delivered.
  • Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels - Procure three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels to support critical scientific research and ecosystem-based management. In 2013-14, the contract to build the vessels is expected to be awarded.
  • Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel - Procure one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel to help the Department fulfill its science mandate. In 2013-14, the production engineering contract is expected to be awarded.
  • Polar Icebreaker - Procure Canada's first Polar Icebreaker, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, for Arctic operations. In 2013-14, the Coast Guard will conduct the final design review and seek Effective Project Approval.
  • Air Cushion Vehicle - Procure one Air Cushion Vehicle for search and rescue coverage and aids to navigation services. In 2013-14, the vehicle is planned to be delivered.
  • Helicopters - Procure up to 24 helicopters, including up to 22 replacement helicopters to renew the capability of the existing fleet, and two helicopters to support the Polar Icebreaker, CCGS John G. Diefenbaker (see above). In 2013-14, the contract for the acquisition of the helicopters is expected to be awarded.

The Fleet Operational Readiness Program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture: