The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition has announced the release of the 6th edition of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan.

The Coalition made many recommendations in their latest Plan including that the Small Vessel Regulations be amended to require that all children (0-18 years of age) wear a properly fitting, approved, floatation device or lifejacket while on or in a boat of any size for any purpose.

Formed in 2016, The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition (Coalition) provides leadership, coordination, and action planning to reduce drowning in Canada. Drowning is a multisectoral issue that needs inclusive stakeholder engagement and collaboration across sectors. Many non-governmental organizations, government departments and agencies, industry, and academic partners focus to varying degrees on drowning prevention. The Coalition’s single focus on drowning prevention adds value to existing efforts by accessing the diverse skills and knowledge of collaborative partners. The Coalition facilitates knowledge and resource sharing to maximize impact – a benefit for all.

The Coalition’s leadership, technical exchange, research interpretation, and prevention strategic planning ensures that the progress made to reduce drowning is evidence-based, effective and sustainable. The Coalition will lead and champion a public health approach to drowning prevention.

Congratulations CDPC! Your work is instrumental to preventing drowning fatalities both nationally and on the international stage.