May 29, 2019
Tahsis, British Columbia – Through the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is improving marine safety and protecting Canada’s waterways and coasts for today and the future. With this plan we are coming through on our commitment to rebuild the Canadian Coast Guard, and expand its capacity to keep our waters safer, cleaner and healthier.
As part of this commitment, we are building four new Coast Guard search and rescue stations along the coast of British Columbia, and today, we are marking beginning of construction for the new station in Tahsis.
The Tahsis station will enhance the Coast Guard’s capacity to prevent and respond to on-water incidents in the area of Nootka Sound and in the waters off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. This area was previously identified as requiring increased marine infrastructure, and will benefit from this station enhancing the marine search and rescue capacity, and environmental protection.
Our government worked in close partnership with the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation to incorporate local and traditional knowledge in order to determine the best location and implementation plan for the new search and rescue station. To ensure that the project construction moves forward smoothly, and in the best interest of the local community, we will continue to work closely with the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation and the Village of Tahsis.
This is a concrete example of what can be accomplished through co-lead decision making, and when a government is committed to advancing meaningful Reconciliation and building a relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.
The Canadian Coast Guard, members of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation, and the Village of Tahsis marked the start of construction with Mowachaht-Muchalaht prayers and speeches, and a community celebration at the building site.
Expected to open in 2020, the new station will be home to a 14.7-metre Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat, and will operate 24-hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to enhance Coast Guard capacity off the northwest coast of the Island, keeping the waters safer, cleaner and healthier.