Government of Canada funds sailing plan app to support boaters’ safety
“Canada’s waterways are vast and can be dangerous, and if something does go wrong and boaters need help, it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With this app, boaters have a tool at hand that can make their journey safer. This tool will reduce the number and severity of search and rescue marine incidents by increasing the effectiveness of rescue missions and decreasing the response time to SAR incidents. ”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This app will immediately increase the likelihood of saving lives on Canadian waters by improving the efficiency, accuracy and ease of completing sail plans for Canadian boaters. The Government of Canada is proud to support innovative initiatives like this one that make boating safer and results in more effective and coordinated marine search and rescue capacity.”
- Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country
“We have been working closely with Canadian boaters and marine safety professionals to develop a new Sailing Plan mobile app, providing an intuitive, usable and robust sailing plan reporting solution. Sailing plans are an important part of the marine safety toolkit, and this innovative project supported by Public Safety Canada SAR NIF funding will make the completion and submission of sailing plans easier and faster for boat captains and in turn make the large quantity of data more accessible and actionable by search and rescue staff.”
- Nelson Jatel, Chief Executive Officer, LRC Consulting Solutions
In Canada, search and rescue is a responsibility shared by governments, the military, volunteers, and industry groups.
There are approximately 15,000 search and rescue volunteers across Canada, representing ground, air and maritime domains.
Canada’s search and rescue area of responsibility is 18 million square kilometres of land and water, and includes the longest coastline in the world.
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Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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