Excellence in service to Canadians to ensure the sustainable development and safe use of Canadian waters. DFO offers Safe and Accessible Waterways, Healthy and Productive Aquatic Ecosystems and Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada’s fisheries and safeguarding its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard(CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways.
Our Department is made up of national headquarters, based in Ottawa, and six regions, stretching from coast to coast to coast.
At the head of the Department is our Minister, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc.
Deputy Minister reports directly to the Minister.
Reporting directly to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans are the Associate Deputy Minister, the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard and other members of the Departmental Management Board, which includes regional directors general and sector heads at national headquarters.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has the lead federal role in managing Canada's fisheries and safeguarding its waters.
- supports strong economic growth in our marine and fisheries sectors by supporting exports and advancing safe maritime trade;
- supports innovation through research in expanding sectors such as aquaculture and biotechnology; and
- contributes to a clean and healthy environment and sustainable aquatic ecosystems through habitat protection, oceans management, and ecosystems research.
Through sound science, forward-looking policy, and operational and service excellence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada employees work collaboratively toward the following three strategic outcomes:
- Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries;
- Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems;
- Safe and Secure Waters.
To advance sustainable aquatic ecosystems and support safe and secure Canadian waters while fostering economic prosperity across maritime sectors and fisheries.
Building on the foundation of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Values and Ethics Code sets out the expectations for behaviour governing all activities the Department performs to fulfill its mandate. It is binding on all management and employees, and it requires that each DFO employee be familiar with its content.
To learn more about Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s activities, programs and services: