Recipients for 2014-15
Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association
The Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $71,212 for a 3-year regional project.
The Project will conduct research to understand male boating safety behaviours and practices in the Northwest Territories, and to develop an intervention program that will be integrated in selected communities. Canada’s north has a high percentage of accidents per capita, with the majority of incidents involving males. The study will provide new practices and approaches to influence behaviour in the north, which can be shared with other northern communities.
Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
The Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot is a municipal government that has received for up to $74,362 for a 3-year municipal project.
This project is a continuation of the Sproat Lake Boating Safety Awareness Program that took place from 2010 to 2013. It will continue to center on delivering a boating safety awareness campaign directed at local youth (8 to 18 years), the local boating safety community, and the 30K plus tourists who visit Sproat Lake, British Columbia each summer. The Project focuses on life jacket usage, proper boating safety etiquette and encouraging boaters not to drink and drive while boating. The Project also provides orientation and basic training to Sproat Lake Marine Patrol members. Finally, Pleasure Craft Courtesy Checks will be carried out under the Project at boat ramps around Sproat Lake to verify that boaters have all the necessary safety equipment.
The Program has a strong regional communication component, with boating advertisements in local papers; information posted on the Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot website; planned boating safety articles in local newspapers; interviews with the local cable company; and communication materials such as posters, pamphlets and brochures promoting safe boating practices which will be distributed at local schools, campgrounds, parks and tourist information centres.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $212,511 for a 3-year national project.
MADD Canada will install approximately 400 signs in Canada between 2014 and 2016 that will advise Canadians to contact 911 if they notice drinking and boating activity. MADD Canada will produce new English and French safe boating television public service announcements (PSAs) with an emphasis on impaired boating. They will develop a questionnaire for boaters across Canada which will collect more conclusive data about boaters’ attitudes and behaviours toward impaired boating and the impact of the call 911 signs. The results will be shared with stakeholders at the end of the project.
National Marine Manufacturers Association
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, trade organization that has received funding for up to $87,225 for a 3-year national project.
The project is a national Hands-on Skills Training Program designed to attract a broad base of the recreational boating community (new-comers and non-boaters, current owners who want to move up in size or class, and experienced boaters). The Program will provide hands-on training clinics that cover different topics aimed at increasing individual knowledge and skills to safely pilot a boat. Classes will be conducted at Canada’s 3 major boat shows (Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver), which are among the largest in North America.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Industry Research & Statistics Department has also committed to undertake a statistical analysis of the Project. Evaluations will include participant demographic information; class completion data; follow-up surveys at 12, 24 & 36 month intervals to determine experience since program completion; any related boating accidents during this timeframe; and if any additional training was taken. This data will help evaluate the effectiveness of this type of training, which will help determine if hands on training of this nature should be used more by the recreational boating community.
Safe Quiet Lakes
The Safe Quiet Lakes is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $22,800 for a 1-year local project.
The Project will increase the intensity of communicating safe boating practices throughout the community through education and awareness. The organization has designed, produced and distributed a large amount of safe boating communication products. They will increase the type, quantity, frequency, and distribution of their educational materials, including new types of media such as billboards and public service announcements. Finally, they will employ one individual for summer 2014 to help distribute materials directly to marina operators, resort owners, retailers and others who interact with boaters.
Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association
The Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has funded up to $26,300 for a 1-year regional project.
The Project will focus on raising the profile for safe boating within the Upper Lake Melville area, targeting primarily the hunting community within central Labrador.
This will be accomplished throughout a 10 week period (June-August) though various forms of media (radio & print), a permanent booth at the public dock staffed by students, and participation at community events. In addition, printed multilingual educational materials will be created and distributed, and multilingual signage will be created and posted in English, Innu-Aimun and Inuktitut, at the public boat launch. A mobile promotional booth (trailer) equipped with all the necessary materials will be set-up at various community events. Students will also gather statistical data on current boating practices in the region by way of a survey that was designed by the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association and tested in the 2013 season by the Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association membership.
Conseil de gestion du basin Versant de la rivière Restigouche
The Conseil de gestion du bassin Versant de la rivière Restigouche is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $25,600 for a 2-year inter-provincial project.
The project aims to increase knowledge of the Restigouche river users and its tributaries on the elements of water safety, especially about the laws and regulations that are in place, proper carriage equipment and boating behaviours.
The river system has a large variety of vessels that circulate and share the waters, i.e., powerboats (over 200) and canoes (approx. 3000). Many factors come into play that warrant urgent intervention to promote the concept of safe boating, such as alcohol consumption, conflicts between users, pollution, noise and speed. The Project will focus on organizing conferences and participation at events. Information on boating safety will be made available by distributing pamphlets, posters and flyers and having a strong police presence during the 2014 and 2015 boating seasons. The project is an inter-provincial (New Brunswick and Québec) project, involving the active participation of both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Sûreté du Québec in one of New Brunswick’s busiest recreational boating areas.
Saskatchewan Parks Association
The Saskatchewan Parks Association is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $16,500 for a 1-year provincial project.
The Project will take place at 60 regional parks across Saskatchewan. The goal is to educate boaters who visit and use the parks for recreational boating purposes. They will produce and install signage to highlight the boating regulations, speed limits, and to encourage boaters to “Share the Water”. In addition, they plan to design and produce an informative brochure which will include boating safety, water sharing, operator regulations and a section for their own staff about how to be safe in a boat. These will be distributed to all boaters entering the parks and shipped throughout the regional parks offices.
Police Service of the Conglomeration of Longueuil
The Police Service of Longueuil is an enforcement agency that has received funding for up to $66,376 for a 1-year municipal project.
The Project is a prevention, education and awareness program which involves on-water and land-based activities in, and around, the south shore of Montreal (riverbanks that reach Bourcherville, Longueuil, St-Lambert and Brossard). The Program will consist of on-water patrols in partnership with the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec to raise awareness about boating safety regulations (i.e., safety equipment, operator competency card and pleasure craft licensing). They will also set up temporary kiosks at 5 local marinas where they will distribute boating safety materials, conduct proper personal flotation device and lifejacket wearing demonstrations, and talk about effects of alcohol and boating. They will perform dockside patrols, conduct pleasure craft courtesy checks with boaters, and obtain information on boater habits and behaviours through a questionnaire. The questionnaire will also be available at the marina kiosks and water patrols. The information from the questionnaire will be collected to develop a profile of boaters and their habits.
Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association
The Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA) is a not-for-profit, non-governments organization that has received funding for up to $31,575 for a 2-year regional project.
ORCKA will produce, distribute and present a set of instructional DVDs and supporting instructional materials related to safe canoeing and kayaking practices. Additionally, ORCKA will ensure that a proper assessment of the module’s implementation is undertaken and feedback is provided to further improve the product and its use.
Canadian Power and Sails Squadrons
The Canadian Power and Sails Squadrons is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that has received funding for up to $31,890 for 1-year national project.
The project will provide education on required safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment, and how to safely and effectively use flares when needed. In addition, they will raise awareness of the need to dispose of outdated flares in a safe and timely manner at disposal events where individuals would return outdated flares to selected Canadian Power and Sails Squadrons and partnering retailers. The outdated flares will be shipped to CIL Orion (who is a contributing donor to the Project) for disposal. Under the Project, there are 10 events that will take place: one on the West Coast; one in the Prairies; five in Ontario; two in Quebec; and one in the Maritimes. Finally, the applicant has committed to collecting data regarding the carriage and disposal of required flares in order to assist TC and Canadian Power and Sails Squadrons to better target this safety issue.
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