Funding announced to improve commercial fishing safety

The Canadian government has announced a new Commercial Fishing Safety component of the Government of Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program.

Under this new component, up to $300,000 per year for the next three years will be available to support education and awareness initiatives that promote safe boating practices onboard small commercial fishing vessels across Canada.

"Our government remains committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to promote safe boating practices across the country,” said minister of transport, Lisa Raitt. “Our investments through this new program will help enhance the lives and livelihoods of Canada's commercial fishers by helping to reduce loss of life, injuries and property damage due to accidents on the water."

The following organisations are eligible to apply for funding under this component of the program: not-for-profit, non-government organisations; public safety organisations and associations; educational institutions; healthcare institutions; organisations specialising in safety and medical research; enforcement services; and provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

Commercial fishing is recognised by the International Maritime Organization as one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Between 2004 and 2013, the Transportation Safety Board reported a total of 72 fatalities from fishing vessel accidents in Canada.

Applications for funding under this component will be accepted until 15 June 2015. For more details about the program, the application process and the deadline for submissions, please visit www.tc.gc.ca/bscp.

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