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No. H080/11
For release - September 2, 2011

OTTAWA — The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced funding of close to $400,000 for eight projects under Transport Canada's Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.

"Our government is committed to reducing boating fatalities and injuries," said Minister Lebel. "We are very pleased to be working with stakeholders on worthy projects aimed at that shared goal."

This year's funding recipients under the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program are:

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada);
  • the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC);
  • the Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot;
  • the Lifesaving Society (Alberta Branch);
  • Paddle Canada;
  • the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA Canada);
  • Conseil québécois du nautisme; and
  • Société de sauvetage (Quebec Branch).

Data collected over the past two decades indicate that the majority of boating-related deaths in Canada were linked to recreational boating activities such as fishing, powerboating and canoeing, often in small open boats on inland rivers and lakes.

Transport Canada's Office of Boating Safety works closely with the recreational boating community to reduce the safety risks and environmental impacts of boating on Canadian waters. It supports prevention-based programs, and encourages safe boating practices and compliance with safety regulations.

"I would also like to remind all Canadians taking to the water that simple measures like wearing a life-jacket can prevent needless tragedies," added Minister Lebel.

If you are a boater, diver, angler, hunter or water sports enthusiast, there are rules and information you should be aware of. For the latest information on how to stay safe on Canadian waters, visit

A backgrounder on the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program is attached.

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Vanessa Schneider
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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Boating Safety Class Contribution Program

In order to promote boating safety in Canada, Transport Canada established the five-year Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.

Now in its third year, the program's overall goal remains to promote boating safety in Canada by providing financial contributions, consisting of up to 75-per-cent reimbursement of eligible costs incurred, toward projects that advance boating safety awareness and focus on the importance of following safe boating practices.

Program Objectives

  • Raise public awareness of boating safety issues.
  • Increase the number of pleasure craft (or small boat) operators who follow safe boating practices.
  • Improve national boating incident data quality and collection systems to support evidence-based awareness and education initiatives.
  • Contribute to the reduction in loss of life, injuries and property damage due to boating accidents.

Eligible Recipients

In order to be eligible to participate in this program, an organization must qualify as one of the following eligible recipients and be able to produce documentation (see note) establishing or constituting itself as an entity at time of application:

  • not-for-profit non-governmental organizations;
  • public safety organizations;
  • educational institutions;
  • healthcare institutes;
  • entities associated with facilities specializing in safety and medical research;
  • enforcement services; and
  • provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

Note: Suitable documentation would include letters patent, articles and certificates of incorporation, or other legal instruments establishing or constituting a potential recipient as an entity.

To apply, or for more information, please visit:

Boating Safety Class Contribution Program Recipients 2011-2012

RecipientProject TitleContribution Funding

Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD)

Report Impaired Boating — Call 911


Life Saving Society — Alberta Branch

N.W.T. Boat Safety Public Education Program targeting communities in N.W.T.

2-year project
Year 1: $35,000
Year 2: $60,000

Paddle Canada / Pagayer Canada

Expansion of a National Canoe and Kayak Safety Program


Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot

Sproat Lake Boating Safety Awareness Program


National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)

Promoting Recreational Boating with Safety in Mind — Discover Boating


Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)

The 2011 and 2012 North American Safe Boating Awareness Week Campaign (SBAW)

2-year project
Year 1: $35,000
Year 2: $25,000

Life Saving Society — Quebec Region

Awareness Campaign for Hunters and Anglers in Quebec

2-year project
Year 1: $60,000
Year 2: $14,000

Conseil québécois du nautisme

Organization and Promotion of the Quebec Boating Safety Campaign

2-year project
Year 1: $21,500
Year 2: $26,500


Total for 2011-2012



Total for 2012-2013



Final Total for Projects


Note: Existing funding for 2011-2012 from projects approved in 2010-2011 — Total $143,500

September 2011

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