Answering the Call of the Sea at the Canadian Coast Guard College

Two Coast Guard ships

Answering the Call of the Sea at the Canadian Coast Guard College

 
An old photo of officer cadets standing in formation

History of the College

 

On old aerial photograph of the Coast Guard College

An old photograph of someone giving a speech

The Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) is a national maritime training facility located on Canada's East Coast, on scenic Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It provides training and services in both official languages.

The creation of the Coast Guard College was officially announced on May 5, 1964, when the Honourable J.W. Pickersgill, then Minister of Transport, announced in the House of Commons the Government’s plan for “the establishment of a training College for new entry Officers for the Canadian Coast Guard.” Following that announcement, the Canadian Coast Guard College was officially opened on September 7, 1965 and offered the Marine Engineering and Navigation Officer Training Program.

Established on the former Point Edward Naval Base, the Canadian Coast Guard College offers young men and women the opportunity to train in either Marine Navigation or Marine Engineering in the four-year Officer Training Program (OTP). In 1981, the modern Canadian Coast Guard College complex in its present Westmount location was established.

The Canadian Coast Guard College celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Now is the perfect time to become a part of the proud tradition of service excellence on Canada’s open seas.