Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, drowning deaths continue across Canada.

Drowning deaths have occurred across Canada this year, a somber reminder to take precautions to stay safe on Canada’s waterways when swimming and boating, including by knowing the area, wearing a lifejacket or PFD, follow boating safety rules and regulations and don’t drink and boat.

Making lifejackets/PFDs mandatory for children under 14 would keep children safe on Canada’s waterways. This is an advancement in child safety and in water safety that would save lives. Start the habit early and it could continue for a lifetime and influence overall PFD wearing behaviours.

See the news reports below on some of the fatalities so far this year.