OTTAWA, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced $667,000 in funding for eleven boating
safety awareness projects under Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP) over the next three years. This funding is additional to the $1.8
million announced under the BSCP in 2013 for projects that began in the
2013 boating season.
The BSCP aims to increase the number of pleasure craft operators who
follow safe boating practices, improve the availability of national
boating incident data to enhance awareness and education initiatives,
and reduce loss of life, injuries and property damage due to boating
accidents. It provides funding of up to 75 per cent of the total
eligible cost of a project.
In addition, the Minister announced a call for application under the
BSCP for additional education and awareness projects that promote safe
boating practices which would start in the 2015 boating season.
Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2014.
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2014, which is taking place
from May 17 to 23, promotes a wide range of safe boating practices to
the estimated 10 million recreational boaters in Canada.
On average, 100 boating fatalities happen annually on Canadian waters.
About 90 per cent of people who drown in recreational boating incidents
are not wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device (PFD). If you
remember only one thing about boating safety, it should be to always
wear your lifejacket or PFD when on or near the water. It could save
In Canada, all recreational boats with a motor of 10 horsepower (7.5 kW)
or more must have a pleasure craft licence. It is the law.
If you're operating a motorized boat in Canada, you need to carry a
proof of competency and a piece of personal identification.
Don't cruise with booze! Impaired driving, whether on land or water, is
illegal and punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada.
"The Government of Canada remains committed to working with its partners
and stakeholders to advance boating safety awareness and promote the
importance of following safe boating practices across the country.
Together, we are making our waterways safer and working to reduce
boating fatalities and injuries."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
2014-2015 Recipients under the Boating Safety Contribution Program
Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association
The Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) has
been approved to receive a contribution of up to $71,212 towards their
Under the scope of their project, the NWTRPA will conduct research to
understand boating safety behaviours and practices in the Northwest
Territories and develop an intervention program that will be integrated
in selected communities.
Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
The Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot has been approved to receive
a contribution of up to $74,362 towards their three-year project.
The Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot's project is a continuation
of the Sproat Lake Boating Safety Awareness Program. It focuses on
delivering a boating safety awareness program directed at local youth,
local boating safety community and tourists who visit Sproat Lake, B.C.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada has been approved to receive
a contribution of up to $212,511 for their three-year project.
MADD Canada's project includes installing signs in various locations
across Canada advising Canadians to contact 9-1-1 if they see drinking
and boating activity, producing public service announcements with an
emphasis on impaired boating and collecting data on boaters' attitudes
and behaviours toward impaired boating and the impact of the call 9-1-1
National Marine Manufacturers Association
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has been approved
to receive a contribution of up to $87,225 for their three-year
The NMMA's project is a national hands-on skills training program
designed to attract a broad base of the recreational boating community.
Safe Quiet Lakes
The Safe Quiet Lakes has been approved to receive a contribution of up
to $22,800 for their one-year project.
The Safe Quiet Lakes project will increase the intensity of
communicating safe boating practices throughout the community through
education and awareness.
Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association
The Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association (LHAFA) has been approved
to receive a contribution of up to $26,300 for their one-year project.
The LHAFA project focuses on raising the profile for safe boating within
the Upper Lake Melville area, targeting primarily the hunting community
within central Labrador.
Conseil de gestion du bassin versant de la rivière Restigouche
The Conseil de gestion du bassin versant de la rivière Restigouche has
been approved to receive a contribution of up to $25,600 for their
The Conseil de gestion du bassin versant de la rivière Restigouche's
project aims to increase knowledge of the Restigouche river users and
its tributaries on the elements of water safety.
Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association
The Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association has been approved to receive
a contribution of up to $16,500 for their one-year project.
The Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association project will educate boaters
who visit 60 regional parks across Saskatchewan for recreational
Police Service of the Conglomeration of Longueuil
The Police Service of the Conglomeration of Longueuil has been approved
to receive a contribution of up to $66,376 for their one-year project.
The Police Service of the Conglomeration of Longueuil project is a
prevention, education and awareness program which involves on-water and
land-based activities in, and around, the south shore of Montreal.
Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association
The Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA) has been
approved to receive a contribution of up to $31,575 for their two-year
ORCKA's project will produce, distribute and present a set of
instructional DVDs and supporting instructional materials related to
safe canoeing and kayaking practices.
Canadian Power Sails Squadrons
The Canadian Power Sails Squadrons (CPS) has been approved to receive a
contribution of up to $31,890 for their one-year program.
CPS's project will provide education and awareness on safety equipment,
the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and
effectively use flares. They will also organize and deliver flare
disposal events where individuals will have the opportunity to return
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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