Transport Canada Grants Boating Safety Organizations Nearly $500,000

Transport Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, announced that $500,000 would be invested into several projects under its Boating Safety Class Contribution Program. The program supports non-profit initiatives that focus on promoting boating safety to Canadians.

Baird timed the announcement to coincide with the North American Safe Boating Awareness Week, which ended on Friday.

This year's recipients:
Life Saving Society – National
Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC)
NMMA Canada
Ontario Marine Operators Association (OMOA)
Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
Conseil québécois du nautisme
Life Saving Society – Quebec
Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
Canadian Power and Sail Squardons
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Dalhousie University

One of the recipients, the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA) was awarded $5,000 financial contribution to expand its message about boating safety in its Discover Boating Magazine.

“Transport Canada's Boating Safety Class Contribution Program is an excellent program and the NMMA is thrilled to have the opportunity to integrate its safety messaging into our national marketing efforts,” says Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada's Vice President. “NMMA represents the recreational boating industry across the country and it is important that we help encourage Canadians to enjoy the waterways with safety in mind.”

Transport Canada utilizes the five-year program, which has a $1.75 million dollar budget, to promote boating safety and advance safety among waterway users through projects that focus on increasing general public awareness of the importance of following safe boating practices.