Canada's Transport Minister launches safe boating awareness week

Friday, 15 May 2009
OTTAWA, May 15 - John Baird, Canada's Transport Minister, officially launched Safe Boating Awareness Week 2009 with an announcement of $280,000 for six projects under the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.

"Today is not only the beginning of Safe Boating Awareness Week, but also the start of the Victoria Day long weekend," said Minister Baird. "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to remind all Canadians who are planning on boating this holiday that simple measures, including wearing lifejackets prevent needless tragedies."

Recipients of the 2009 Boating Safety Class Contribution Program include:
  • Royal Life Saving Society of Canada
  • Canadian Safe Boating Council
  • Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
  • Ontario Marine Operators Association
  • Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Conseil québécois du nautisme

Minister Baird also reminded Canadians of the following tips to stay safe on the water:
  • Always wear a lifejacket and make sure your vessel is equipped with enough Canadian-approved lifejackets for each of your guests.
  • Have proof of competency on board at all times.
  • Do not drink and boat.
  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Carry the required safety equipment for your vessel such as paddles,bailer, flashlight, buoyant line, anchor etc.
  • Keep clear of swimmers, divers and other vessels.
  • Navigate your boat on the correct side of the buoy.
  • Wear proper clothing and check the weather forecast before setting out.

Whether you're a boater, diver, angler, hunter or water sports enthusiast, there are rules and information Canadians should know before heading out on the water. For the latest information on how to stay safe on Canadian waters, visit

Safe Boating Awareness Week runs from May 16-22. For more information, please visit the Canadian Safe Boating Council's website at

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at Subscribe to news releases and speeches at and keep up to date on the latest from Transport Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons with visual disabilities.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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