As North American Safe Boating Awareness Week launches, Minister Garneau reminds boaters to respect COVID-19 safety measures
"The Government of Canada remains committed to keeping Canadians safe, particularly during these unprecedented and challenging times. Each year, the launch of the North American Safe Boating Awareness Week is an opportunity to remind all Canadians to put their safety and the safety of their families first, and I know that I can count on recreational boaters to do their part to adhere to safety measures and put into practice the recommendations of local public health authorities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19."
Minister of Transport
The Honourable Marc Garneau
North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2020, which takes place from May 16 to 22, 2020, promotes a wide range of safe boating practices to the estimated 12.4 million recreational boaters in Canada.
Transport Canada defines a pleasure craft as a boat, a ship, a vessel, or any other water craft that is used exclusively for pleasure and does not carry passengers or goods for payment. Canoes, kayaks, sailboats and motorboats are also included in this definition.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, there are an average of 160 water-related fatalities while boating each year. Nearly 90 per cent of boaters who drowned were not wearing, or not properly wearing, a lifejacket.
- North American Safe Boating Awareness Week
- COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada
- COVID-19 guidance posters for marine transportation
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Canada’s response
- A list of 2020 to 2021 recipients of the Boating Safety Contribution Program is available here
- Applicants interested in the 2021 to 2022 contributions under the same program can visit the Transport Canada website for more information
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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