Canada’s oceans, lakes and rivers can be unpredictable, and venturing out on them can be a risk. The Government of Canada is committed to Canadians’ safety on our waterways and makes it a priority to ensure our marine search and rescue teams are properly equipped should they be called in to assist those in trouble.
Today, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced the Government of Canada is making an investment of $595,000 in a Kelowna technology company to develop a sailing plan mobile app and dashboard. The app will provide Canadian boaters, for the first time, with an intuitive, dedicated mobile app to support their safety. Minister Goodale was joined by Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country, Stephen Fuhr, and Limnology Research Corporation (LRC) Consulting Solutions CEO Dr. Nelson Jatel.
LRC Consulting Solutions will use the funding to develop a sailing plan mobile app and dashboard application that will make the process of creating and submitting a sailing plan easier and faster for boat captains. In turn, this will make this large quantity of data more accessible and actionable by the Canadian Coast Guard.
This tool will immediately increase the efficiency of responding to boating emergencies by the Coast Guard or other marine search and rescue operators.
The funding was made available through the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF). The SAR NIF aims to fund projects that deliver on the objectives of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP). The Government of Canada dedicates $7.6 million each year to support new and ongoing projects under SAR NIF.
“Canada’s waterways are vast and can be dangerous, and if something does go wrong and boaters need help, it can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. With this app, boaters have a tool at hand that can make their journey safer. This tool will reduce the number and severity of search and rescue marine incidents by increasing the effectiveness of rescue missions and decreasing the response time to SAR incidents. ”
– The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“This app will immediately increase the likelihood of saving lives on Canadian waters by improving the efficiency, accuracy and ease of completing sail plans for Canadian boaters. The Government of Canada is proud to support innovative initiatives like this one that make boating safer and results in more effective and coordinated marine search and rescue capacity.”
– Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna–Lake Country
“We have been working closely with Canadian boaters and marine safety professionals to develop a new Sailing Plan mobile app, providing an intuitive, usable and robust sailing plan reporting solution. Sailing plans are an important part of the marine safety toolkit, and this innovative project supported by Public Safety Canada SAR NIF funding will make the completion and submission of sailing plans easier and faster for boat captains and in turn make the large quantity of data more accessible and actionable by search and rescue staff.”
– Nelson Jatel, Chief Executive Officer, LRC Consulting Solutions
- In Canada, search and rescue is a responsibility shared by governments, the military, volunteers, and industry groups.
- There are approximately 15,000 search and rescue volunteers across Canada, representing ground, air and maritime domains.
- Canada’s search and rescue area of responsibility is 18 million square kilometres of land and water, and includes the longest coastline in the world.
Manager of Media and Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada