CPS Historical Milestones:

1938: First Squadron formed in Windsor, Ontario, with help from the Detroit Squadron of United States Power Squadrons.
1939-1941: Two new Squadrons formed, one in Sarnia, the other in London.
1941: Representatives of the three Squadrons met and formed Canadian Power Squadrons.
1939-1946: CPS was somewhat dormant, chiefly due to WW II. A nucleus of members designed the CPS flag and submitted it to the Trade Marks Office for registration.
1947: The CPS Charter was granted by the Federal Government and a head office was established in Windsor, Ontario.
1948: The CPS flag was registered as a trade mark.
1949: First Annual General Meeting of CPS. It was resolved to move Headquarters to a more central location in Toronto.
1950: CPS was expanding. New Squadrons were formed in Ottawa and Montreal. Membership doubled within one year.
1951: The first edition of The Port Hole was published by the Toronto Squadron. Later it became the official publication of CPS. The French name is Le Hublot.
1955: Vancouver Power Squadron was the first Squadron to be formed on the West Coast.
1959: CPS had grown to 2,500 members in 42 Squadrons. A District structure was introduced. District Commanders replaced Squadron Commanders as members of the Governing Board.
1964: Membership was pushing 10,000 and after much discussion, a new Headquarters was planned in Scarborough.
1978: Yukon Squadron was formed, the northernmost Squadron.
1985: Membership approved the change from Canadian Power Squadrons, to reflect its membership of sail and power boaters, to "Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons" (CPS); in French, " Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance " (ECP).
1990: With the formation of Avalon Squadron in Newfoundland, CPS could proudly boast that there were Squadrons in all ten provinces.
1999-2000: CPS membership is approximately 30,000. More than 500,000 people have successfully completed The Boating Course.
2002: CPS takes over and begins to manage the Maritime Radio Operator Certificate program.
2006: CPS raises the bar by upgrading the Pleasure Craft Operator Card test for the highest standards in the industry.
2012: CPS launches their Online Operator Card Course, at http://www.cps-ecp.ca/pcoc
2013 Celebration of Canadian Power & Sail Squadron's 75th Anniversary.
Read about the history of the CPS Flag.