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Engagement on Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Arctic Regions

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from June 13, 2019, to September 30, 2019.

On October 24, 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard announced the creation of stand-alone Arctic Regions.

The DFO Arctic Region is led by a Regional Director General based in Rankin Inlet, and the Coast Guard Arctic Region by Assistant Commissioner in Yellowknife.

As part of the establishment of the new Arctic Regions, DFO and Coast Guard have commenced face-to-face engagements with Northern Indigenous organizations, provincial and territorial governments, industry and others to identify the boundaries and priorities of the new regions.

How to participate

DFO was looking for feedback related to program and service delivery in the Arctic related to Fisheries Protection and Management, Hydrography, Science, the Conservation & Protection Program, Oceans Management, Aquatic Species at Risk and Aquatic Invasive Species, as well as Small Craft Harbours.

Coast Guard, was seeking input on how to improve marine safety in Northern communities, and identify priorities, potential service and program boundaries, gaps, priority areas for service investment, delivery of ice-breaking, search and rescue, and environmental response programs and services that meet the needs of Northern communities and the Arctic.

We have appreciated the input we have received to date, and look forward to continued engagement.

Who was the focus of this engagement

We engaged with:

  • Indigenous governments and organizations
  • Institutions of Public Government created under land claims agreements
  • Territorial and provincial governments
  • Fishers, Hunters & Trappers
  • Industry
  • Academic institutions and Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) with initiatives in the North
  • The public, specifically the public living in the Canadian Arctic

Key questions for discussion

In order to ensure the new regions can deliver effective programs and services that address the specific needs and challenges of Canadian Northern communities, we sought your feedback on the following topics:

  • What products, programs and services provided by DFO or Coast Guard do you presently use/receive? Which do you consider to be the most critical services? What products, programs and services would you expect to be improved if they are located and delivered from a northern location? How?
  • What do you think should be the priorities of the new Arctic Regions?
  • Are there products, programs or services that presently do not exist that you feel should be considered by the new Arctic Regions?
  • Are there any barriers to moving forward with the Arctic Regions as a whole, to workforce development or with respect to access to specific services?
  • What is your vision for the boundaries of the regions?
  • Are there other points you would like to make in helping us develop the new Arctic Regions?

The input gathered through this process will be used to guide the implementation of the Arctic regions. Comments will be included in a report that will capture issues and recommendations provided as part of this process.

Related information

Contact us

Please send your comments to

For further information

DFO Arctic Region:

Aimee Nagy
Freshwater Institute
501 University Cres.
Winnipeg MB  R3T 2N6

Telephone: 204-983-8168

Coast Guard Arctic Region:

Brigitte Godbout
Planning and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Coast Guard - Arctic Region
200 Kent St.
Ottawa ON  K2P 2J8

Telephone: 613-990-2045

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