Will they fit your passengers? Do they need updating? Are they torn, smelly, or do they function better as a seat cushion?
As we approach another spring and summer season where Covid-19 restrictions will likely be in place in areas throughout Canada, activity levels on the water may increase. In 2020, Covid 19 restrictions prompted many Canadians to purchase boats and watercraft or to retreat to cottages, campgrounds and local beaches. Several provinces reported an increase in drownings in 2020 from prior years. Remember to be extra vigilant this season and keep your children safe when boating. Wearing a properly fitted life jacket or PFD at all times during boating activities is yours and your child’s best protection in an emergency and can save your lives.
To choose the right lifejacket for your young child, click on this Transport Canada Video or here for guidance for all ages and ensure your boat is ready for the fast approaching 2021 boating season. Consult Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide.
To join us in our efforts to make lifejackets/PFDs mandatory for children in recreational boating, sign our petition or write to your Member of Parliament. We’ve made it easy. Click here to find out how.
Change the law. Save a life.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drowning-prevention-ottawa-change-focus-1.5676181; https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebecs-drowning-stats-so-far-this-summer-are-grim; https://www.pembinavalleyonline.com/local/possible-upward-trend-of-drownings-in-manitoba; https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-seeing-spike-in-drownings-compared-to-rest-of-canada-lifesaving-society-1.5049405