Marine transport requires a wide range of indispensable services to operate smoothly. These marine services are provided by various private or public marine sector-related organizations and include towing, pilotage, ship repairs, maintenance, environmental services and various suppliers.

Many essential navigation services are supplied by federal government departments and agencies:

  • The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for ice-breaking, buoyage and marine communications.
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada oversees maintenance dredging of the St. Lawrence navigation channel.
  • Transport Canada is in charge of enforcing many statutes and regulations governing marine activities in Canada, including those related to:
    • vessel, crew and passenger safety and security
    • environmental and marine environment protection
Photo credit: Georges Lawson
Photo credit: Georges Lawson