Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is collecting new and used life jackets for Operation Life Jacket

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members will be on the docks this summer asking boaters to donate new and used life jackets they no longer need for Operation Life Jacket. Operation Life Jacket (OLJ) is a program developed by the Canadian Ranger Foundation and the Canadian Safe Boating Council to improve boating safety in Northern Canada. With the active participation of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons in local boating communities we are certain to see an increase in the number of life jackets available for OLJ.

Life jackets and education are needed in First Nation communities in Northern Canada where the supply is limited and cost of buying a life jacket is prohibitive. Life jackets, when they are available in isolated Northern communities, can cost in excess of $100 each, making them beyond the financial resources of most families. The drowning death rate in the northern regions continues to be significantly higher than anywhere else in Canada, at nearly seven times the national average.

Once collected, life jackets will be distributed with the expertise of volunteer Canadian Rangers. During distribution, educational programs covering life jackets, cold water, re-boarding and the need for a trip plan will be taught by Rangers in remote and isolated communities.

Do you have life jackets you’re no longer using?

A gift of one jacket may be a gift of life.