November 02, 2009 12:04 ET

Canadian Red Cross Programs Win Marine Safety Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - The Canadian Red Cross injury prevention programs today were granted Transport Canada's Marine Safety Award for 2009, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Canadian marine safety. Canada's Transport Minister John Baird announced the award today, coinciding with a ceremony held in Ottawa at the biannual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council.

"I am pleased to recognize the Canadian Red Cross injury prevention programs as this year's award recipient," said Baird. "Their accomplishment has had a significant impact on Canadian marine safety - it has helped to prevent injuries and saved lives."

The Canadian Red Cross injury prevention programs received the award for the successful completion of a drowning research project spanning over 10 years. The results of this project received prominent media coverage this year, offering clear support to public education around Canadian marine safety. Their research and reports provide the marine industry with injury prevention strategies to help reduce drownings as a result of boating accidents in Canada.

The Canadian Marine Advisory Council is Transport Canada's national consultative body that represents individuals and parties with a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, navigation, recreational matters, marine pollution and response, and marine security. Meetings are generally held twice a year in the spring and fall, both nationally in Ottawa and in each region.

The Transport Canada Marine Safety Award was established in 1997 to promote awareness of marine safety in Canada and to recognize people, groups, companies, organizations, agencies or departments that have contributed, in an exceptional way, to this objective.

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
    John Baird, Ottawa