CCG Ship Alexander MacKenzie

Welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard College


(When at home in Cape Breton over the years I heard very little of the Coast Guard College located at the Naval Yard at Point Edward. You rarely think of this place as yet another degree granting educational institution in our midst. It is a wonderful school with high academic standards and for the right candidate a great place to get your start in life and to be paid for attending as well. During summer months as a young boy when I spent part of my vacation with my uncle and aunt, Bessie and Joe Campbell, when he operated the Low Point Light House his son Len and I used to drive with Uncle Joe to Point Edward Naval Base to get light house supplies like kerosene, wicks, and cleaning materials. We were fascinated with the sailors and ships tied up alongside. – CAPER)

The Canadian Coast Guard College offers unique learning opportunities for Officer Cadet recruits and Canadian Public Service employees involved in marine safety and environmental protection.

The Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) is situated in Sydney, Nova Scotia, which is located on Cape Breton Island. Cape Breton is widely known for its natural beauty. Students attending the College have many opportunities to enjoy the recreational activities associated with this picturesque landscape.

As future members of the Canadian Coast Guard, students are trained to help protect Canada’s 243,000 km ocean coastline, its vast ocean resources and the individuals who go to sea.

The traditional classroom is not the exclusive place of study at the Canadian Coast Guard College. Hands-on training comprises much of the course work as well. Students receive practical training using complex simulators and are often required to perfect their skills while at sea.

A state of the art training facility, committed and professional staff, along with a beautiful setting combine to create an ideal marine training environment.

Canadian Coast Guard Cadet

Educational Requirements

The educational requirements are: successful completion by June 30 of year of entry, of high school and/or post-secondary program, whose curriculum permits preparation/entrance and/or acceptance into the following university programs of study such as: engineering, physics, math, science or other similar technologies.

Your previous/current program of study must have included the following pre-requisites:

For Navigation and Engineering programs:

  • Grade 11 and 12 physics or higher
  • Grade 11 and 12 math or higher (advanced, academic or pre university)
  • English or French Grade 12 or higher (mother tongue)

For Engineering Program:

  • Chemistry, Grade 10 or higher



For Quebec Students only:

  • All Quebec Students must have complete one year of CEGEP in addition to the above requirements.

Required Documents

Cover Letter and Resume

When you are applying online you will be required to complete your cover letter and resume, and provide us with three references (2 academic and one employer).

“Saluti Primum, Auxilio Semper”,

Academic Transcript

After you’re application online is completed, you will be required to have your institution forward an official copy of your transcripts to the address below.

If your education was obtained outside Canada, an equivalency assessment is required for foreign credentials. This equivalency assessment must be requested from the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC) at: Although these evaluations are not binding for admissions or employment purposes, they may provide a useful comparison with Canadian credentials.

Proof of Canadian citizenship

You are required to provide proof of Canadian citizenship such as a birth certificate, a valid Canadian passport or landed immigrant status. A valid canadian passport is a condition of employment within the Canadian Coast Guard. Please do not mail original documents. Photocopies or scanned documents are accepted. If you are a landed immigrant you may also apply; however offers of appointment are made to Canadian citizens first.


Medical Exam

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment medical examination including visual acuity, colour vision and hearing examinations as per the seafarer’s medical regulations.


Provide us with any other certificates that you have acquired over the years. Once you haved applied on-line, mail your documents to the following address:

Canadian Coast Guard College
Office of the Registrar
P. O. Box 3000
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 0B7


If you are selected as an Officer-Cadet in the Ships’ Officer Training Program, you do not pay tuition, room and board or books; in fact, we pay you. In addition, you receive free uniforms and clothing and one trip home each year.


Opened in 1965

The Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) is a national maritime training facility located on Canada’s East Coast, on scenic Cape Breton Island. It provides training and services in both official languages. Opened in 1965, the CCGC built a solid reputation on a foundation of quality service and expert maritime training. As a residential facility that provides training in both official languages, the CCGC remains unique in the world.

Established on the abandoned Point Edward Naval Base, the CCGC offered young men the opportunity to train in either Marine Navigation or Engineering, in the four year Officer Training Program (OTP).  Successful graduates were guaranteed a position with the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet. In 1973, the CCGC welcomed women into the OTP program. The following year, the College received its first simulator.

Shore Leave – a Time to Frolic

In 1981, the modern CCGC complex in its present Westmount location was established. The complex included an administration and training building, and a residential building. Shortly thereafter, Commonwealth Caribbean nationals attended the College for maritime training. In the 10 years that followed, 800 students from seventeen countries and states such as Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad-Tobago received training to improve their marine navigation and engineering skills.

College Campus

The Canadian Coast Guard College is a unique institution which was established in 1965 on the site of the former Point Edward Naval Base near Sydney, N.S., to provide marine engineering and navigation officers for the Canadian Coast Guard. In 1981 the College was relocated to Westmount, N.S., in a purpose-built facility which is today one of the most modern and well equipped marine colleges in the world.

In 1990, the mandate of the College was expanded: while the principal focus remains training for the Canadian Coast Guard, the College’s new role allows for greater utilisation of its impressive campus.  

Aerial View of Canadian Coast Guard College – Cape Breton

Situated on the western side of Sydney Harbour, the campus setting is both secluded and picturesque. Five major facilities make up the College. They include the administrative/academic complex (Cabot building), residence, sports complex, waterfront training center, and marine engineering training building.

Waterfront Training Facility

The Waterfront Training Facility provides practical experience aboard the College vessels. The area includes two buildings, 200 metres of wharf frontage, and 30 metres of floating wharves.

The Walter E. Foster Building is a large boat shed and repair shop that houses many of the College’s vessels when not in use. It is equipped with a 16-ton overhead crane that manoeuvres the larger boats to the building for repairs. The Waterfront Training Facility accomodates rapproximately 45 boats of various types including sailboats, fast rescue craft, workboats, barges, whalers, and a variety of outboard motor driven smaller vessels.

The George L. Hopkins Building is equipped with classrooms and instructors’ offices. Navigation Officer Cadets do much of their practical training at this site, from boat handling to knot tying and sail repair. Officer Cadets occasionally participate in training exercises in the Cabot Strait and Bras D’or Lakes.

Careers with the Canadian Coast Guard

Saluti Primum, Auxilio Semper”, the Latin motto for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), translates to “Safety First, Service Always”. From coast to coast to coast, the women and men of our agency provide the people of Canada with essential services on our lakes and oceans, as well as on land. The CCG provides services such as aids to navigation, icebreaking, search and rescue missions, science expeditions, environmental response and managing traffic in our waters.

Exciting career opportunities are available throughout our organization. Our 116 vessels are staffed by our seagoing personnel, who are comprised of ships’ officers and ships’ crew. We proudly offer competitive salaries, as well as many openings for career advancement.

First Officer Palmer Hero Medal – Governor General Jean

While our most visible employees are those at sea, our shore-based personnel (who make up half of all CCG staff) play an equally important role in promoting safety and providing services in marine communications, electronic technology, engineering and administration.

The CCG provides services in Canadian waters and is located in five regions: Pacific, Central & Arctic, Quebec, Maritimes, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Our National Headquarters is located in Ottawa.

On any given day, the Canadian Coast Guard:

  • Saves eight lives;
  • Assists 55 people in 19 search and rescue cases;
  • Services 55 aids to navigation;
  • Handles 1,547 marine radio contacts;
  • Manages 2,325 commercial ship movements;
  • Escorts four commercial ships through ice during the ice season;
  • Carries out 11 fisheries patrols;
  • Supports three hydrographic missions;
  • Supports eight scientific surveys;
  • Deals with three reported pollution events; and,
  • Surveys five kilometres of navigation channel bottom.

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