PEP Air's primary function is to assist Canadian Forces during search and rescue missions when additional resources are required. Currently, the organization includes over 100 aircraft crewed by more than 900 pilots, spotters and navigators.
PEP Air is also dedicated to the provision of air search support services to the National Search and Rescue Program. The organization is a member of the Civil Air Search and Rescue and works closely with 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron with the Canadian Forces located at 19 Wing, Comox, B.C. PEP Air also assists the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Military and its divisions, ground search crews and local municipal forces in searching for aircraft, boaters, hikers and others who may be lost or injured.