To increase search and rescue capacity, construction is underway on two new search and rescue stations, located in Twillingate and Old Perlican, Newfoundland and Labrador. These areas were chosen based on identified gaps in the Coast Guard’s maritime search and rescue capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic.

Following open and competitive processes, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, awarded four contracts totalling $10.4-million (including taxes) to three Newfoundland and Labrador companies for harbour dredging, demolition and construction.

There will be 16 permanent jobs created with the Coast Guard, once the new stations in Twillingate and Old Perlican become operational. The new stations are expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

“The new Canadian Coast Guard search and rescue stations in Twillingate and Old Perlican will improve our ability to respond to marine emergencies and incidents of all kinds in the waters off of Newfoundland and Labrador. These stations, along with Coast Guard personnel, will make these waters safer for mariners.” – The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Our government is proud to be investing in new search and rescue facilities for the Canadian Coast Guard. By awarding these contracts for new Canadian Coast Guard facilities, we are helping create and maintain good jobs in these communities, while supporting the highly trained members of the Canadian Coast Guard and the critical services they provide to Canadians.” – The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility