Sydney Harbour Aids to Navigation Project

The Canadian Coast Guard CCG are investing in a new Aids to Navigation System for Sydney Harbour.   The project provides significant modifications to the existing Aids to Navigation System in order to enable the use of the deep water commercial channel created under a public-private partnership in 2012.  The deep water channel cannot be used until these modifications to existing Navigational System are implemented.  Once completed the full commercial potential of the Harbour can be achieved.


The Canadian Coast Guard have determined the existing two sets of ranges require relocation and upgrades, along with the addition of year round floating aids. This will involve purchasing property, and establishment of four (4) new aid to navigation towers of various heights between 9 and 49 meters along with 14 new buoys.


The proposed implementation of the site development is as follows:

  • 2022/Winter 2023 – Acquisition of Property
  • Winter/Spring 2023 – Site Specific Design work
  • Spring/Summer 2023 – Procurement of Infrastructure
  • Fall 2023 – Construction Activities
    • Tower construction
    • Buoy Installation


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

January 31, 2023 - The assessment decision statement has been issued to the proponent.



Canadian Coast Guard
Kevin Levy, Engineer, Maritime and Civil Infrastructure
Telephone: 902-830-3771

  • Location

    • Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NS (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Canadian Coast Guard
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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