Federal government announces the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City will remain open

In 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the closure of the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City, triggering strong reactions from people worried about losing the public’s right to be served in French.

In the wake of this announcement, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada received several complaints against Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Following the Commissioner’s rigorous investigation, it became clear that it would not be possible to ensure that boats in distress on the St. Lawrence River would receive immediate service in French from the search and rescue centres in Trenton and Halifax.

In January 2014, the government announced that the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre would be kept open, thus recognizing the importance of providing this service in both official languages, particularly in emergency situations.