Safety and Flare Disposal Program Partial Cancellation

We have heard from Transport Canada’s Boating Safety Contribution Program that our 2023 – 2025 proposal for continued funding of the Safety and Flare Disposal Program has not been approved.

However, we have received a small contribution from Transport Canada that will allow us to offer 10 events in 2023. CIL Orion and CPS-ECP remain committed to the program but without the considerable funding required we have had to cancel most of the events for 2023 that we were working on.

Ten events have been chosen for 2023 based on their locations and past collections.

It is our intention to re-apply for funding for the 2024 – 2026 seasons but there will be no guarantees.

We would like to sincerely thank CIL Orion for their support over the years. Without them this program would never have been possible.

We would also like to thank Transport Canada for the funds that will allow us to put on a very limited program this season.

John Gullick,
Manager of Special Programs

2023 Safety Equipment Education and Flare Disposal Days

Have Your Flares Expired?

If your flares have a manufacture date of 2019 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 On these days, you will be offered the opportunity to learn about required safety equipment and you can bring your outdated marine flares to be properly disposed of, free of charge.

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!

The following list of locations will host safety equipment days and accept expired flares on the dates noted below.
Date Retailer Address Host Squadron
May 27, 2023 Bitter End Boat Exchange 1044 Seamount Way, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V7 Sunshine Coast
Jun 3, 2023 Alberni Industrial Marine Supply 3149 Kingsway Ave, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3B2


Port Alberni
June 10, 2023 Marine Outfitters/ Collins Bay Marina West Ramp Door, 1452 Bath Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 4X6 Kingston
June 10, 2023 Georgian Shores Marina 195 24th St W, Owen Sound, ON N4K 6H6 Owen Sound
June 13-15, 2023 Hully Gully Marine 1705 Wharncliffe Rd S, London, ON N6L 1J9


June 17, 2023 Bayfield Marine Services 23 Fishermans Wharf Rd, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 Goderich


June 24, 2023 Port Whitby Marine Supplies 1636 Charles St #2, Whitby, ON L1N 1B9 Oshawa
June 24, 2023 Dan's Nautical Shop 12237 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON N8N 1A1


July 1, 2023 Paris Marine 2980 Lakefield Rd, Peterborough, ON K9J 6X5 Peterborough
September 30, 2023 Sudbury Hearth and Home 827 Barry Downe Rd, Greater Sudbury, ON P3A 1L3 Sudbury

Please check back for more 2023 dates and locations.