Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard


As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), the Commissioner ensures that the CCG delivers its programs and meets its operational performance targets by:

  • setting CCG objectives and priorities;
  • approving resource allocations;
  • ensuring that resources are managed well; and
  • reviewing CCG’s financial situation.

The Commissioner is responsible for reporting and explaining CCG expenditures to ministers, parliamentary committees and the public.


The Commissioner reports to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard (DFO). The Commissioner has the authority of an Associate Deputy Minister, with one exception: comptroller functions are provided by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Corporate Services, DFO.


Mr. Pelletier began working for CCG in 1989, after graduating with a bachelor’s in nautical sciences from Cape Breton University (Canadian Coast Guard College) and obtaining a Marine Engineer’s certificate.

He started his career as an engineer officer in the Quebec Region. In 1998 he joined headquarters, where he held positions with increasing responsibilities. In 2011, Mr. Pelletier was appointed Director General, Fleet. He held that position until the new organizational structure of the Canadian Coast Guard took effect on October 1, 2012 when he became the Assistant Commissioner, Central and Arctic Region.

On June 1, 2015, Mr. Pelletier was appointed the Deputy Commissioner of Operations. He received a Commissioner’s Commendation in recognition of his strong leadership, commitment and the high level of expertise and professionalism.

Mr. Pelletier was appointed Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard on December 9, 2019. Mr. Pelletier comes to his new role with vast experience and a well-established reputation for meeting challenges and obtaining desired results.

Contact information
CCG Commissioner’s Office
200 Kent Street
Station 15E195
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-990-5813
Fax: 613-990-2780

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