Safety Equipment and Flare Disposal Days

CPS-ECP is excited to announce their partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers to undertake a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares.

Have Your Flares Expired?

If your flares have a manufacture date of 2016 or earlier they have or will expire this year. You can't light them, throw them in the water or in your household garbage to dispose of them.

Disposing of expired flares has been an ongoing dilemma for boaters across the country. To help boaters dispose of expired flares in a safe and environmentally responsible manner CPS-ECP and selected CIL Dealers are hosting Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days. On these days, you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.

View list of acceptable flares (pdf)

The following list of locations will host safety equipment days and accept expired flares on the dates noted below.

POSTPONED March-28 Trotac Marine 370 George Rd. E. Victoria, BC V8T 2W2

POSTPONED April-16-19 The Rigging Shoppe 44 Midwest Rd Toronto, ON M1P 3A9

POSTPONED April-18 Cabela's 6902 Island Hwy N, Nanaimo, BC V9V 1P6

POSTPONED April-25 Sound Marine Services 103-1797 Comox Avenue Comox, BC V9M 3L9

May-2 Inlet Marine/Reed Point Marina 850 Barnet Hwy Port Moody, BC V3H 1V6

May-9 Bayfield Marine 23 Fisherman's Wharf Rd. Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

May-16 Robinson Home Hardware 138 Penetanguishene Rd. Barrie, ON L4M 7C3

May-16 Lake's Marine Supply 5968 TCH, Duncan BC V9L 6C8

May-16 Lighthouse Marina #4 - 5964 Wharf Rd Scheldt, BC V0N 3AC

May-22-23 The Chandlery 367 Poulin St Ottawa, ON K2B 5V2

May-30 Baddeck Marine 23 Water St Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0

Mai-30 Boulet Lemelin Yacht 1125 Boul Champlain Quebec, QC G1R 0H2

June-6 Alberni Industrial Marine Supply 3149 Kingsway Ave Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3B2

Juin-12 Le Marin 149 Napoleon Sept Iles, QC G4R 3L8

June-13 Pices Marine Ltd 441 Wyecroft Rd Oakville, ON L6K 2H2

June-13 The Dock Shoppe 350 Queen's Quay W, #308 Toronto, ON M5V 3A7

June-13 North Sails Yacht Shop 3514 Joseph Howe Dr. Halifax, NS B3L 4H7

July-18 Buckeye Marine 3396 County Rd 36 Bobcageon, ON K0M 1A0

August-8 Marina Shores 529 Hwy 59 South RR 3 Long Point Beach Point Rowan, ON N0E 1M0

Sept-10-12 The Rigging Shoppe 44 Midwest Rd Toronto, ON M1P 3A9


Want to host a Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Day in 2020?

Send John Guillick an email

In accordance with Transport Canada requirements, flares are approved for four years from the date of manufacture. Typically, this means that you need to replace your flares every third or fourth boating season. If they have expired or will expire during this boating season, you must replace them... it's the law!



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