Since our formation in 1895, the Navy League of Canada has kept watch over policies relevant to Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers. When appropriate, we provide the government with recommendations for the responsible and sustainable stewardship of our marine resources. Our interests include defence, fisheries and aquaculture, industry, tourism, trade and environmental protection.


The Navy League of Canada’s landmark April 2003 paper “Canada: An Incomplete Maritime Nation” critically examines four key aspects of Canada’s maritime sector:

  1. National Security
  2. Oceans Management
  3. The Shipping Industry
  4. Industrial Development

Our most recent publication, “Military/Naval Procurement in Canada: A Flawed Process” (published by the CDA Institute) examines the history of naval procurement in Canada and provides recommendations to ensure the process is effective, efficient and responsive to the needs of Canadians.


Navy and Coast Guard Day is a non-partisan event held annually on Parliament Hill to draw attention to the following key issues:

  • Maritime Security – The Navy League of Canada urges the government to invest in our national marine security enforcement capability to protect Canada’s oceans, ports, and inland seaways.
  • Naval Capabilities – The Navy League of Canada calls upon the government to immediately undertake to procure a minimum of twenty new surface warships at a nominal rate of one per year over a 20-year period.
  • National Shipbuilding Plan – The Navy League of Canada calls upon the government to develop and implement a National Shipbuilding Strategy with a 20-year Ongoing Procurement Plan and stable annual funding.

Navy and Coast Guard Day is generously supported by our private sector sponsors.