TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Today's Speech from the Throne marked a
new chapter for injury prevention in Canada, Parachute said today.
As part of its commitment to safeguard and protect Canadian families,
the government said it will "collaborate with injury prevention
organizations, to reduce the injury rate in Canada."
"Parachute congratulates the Government of Canada for recognizing the
importance of injury prevention to Canadian families and we look
forward to collaborating with the government and other stakeholders on
these initiatives," said Parachute President and CEO Louise Logan.
Preventable injury is the leading cause of death for Canadians aged 44 years and under and
today's inclusion in the Speech from the Throne brings much needed
focus to this important health issue.
In addition to the emotional toll that it takes on many individuals and
families, preventable injury costs the Canadian economy $20 billion
annually. Investment in injury prevention will enable Parachute to
develop solutions that will save lives, with human, social and
economically beneficial outcomes.
Most "accidents" are not accidents at all, but are predictable and
preventable. Relatively modest investments in injury prevention can
significantly reduce the impact on society.
Addressing preventable injuries will have a positive impact on our
public health care system by providing long-term cost savings, and will
provide Canadians with the tools to be productive participants in our
economy, workforce and communities from youth through to retirement.
Parachute is a national, charitable organization dedicated to preventing
injuries and saving lives. Parachute officially came into being in July
2012 and unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada,
Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one leader in
injury prevention. Parachute's injury prevention solutions, knowledge
mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed
to help Canadians reduce their risks of injury while achieving
Parachute's vision of an injury-free Canada where Canadians enjoy long
lives lived to the fullest. For more information, visit www.parachutecanada.org. See us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/parachutecanada), or join us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/parachutecanada)
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