Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

July 28, 2009 11:28 ET

Government of Canada and OPP Team Up to Help Ontario Boaters Help the Environment

Joint Venture to Encourage Safe Disposal of Expired Marine Flares an Ontario First

ORILLIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2009) - Transport Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are launching a joint pilot project to help Ontario boaters properly dispose of expired recreational marine flares. From August 1 to 8, 2009, recreational boaters may hand in expired marine flares to any local OPP detachment. Transport Canada will arrange to dispose of them safely and with the environment in mind.

"Our government and the OPP share a common goal of helping keep people and property safe," said Canada's Transport Minister John Baird. "We hope this partnership will encourage Ontarians to replace expired flares with new ones and dispose of their old ones in a way that won't hurt the environment."

"Recreational marine flares are an important part of safety equipment for your boat. We encourage boaters to use this great opportunity provided by Transport Canada to discard their expired recreational marine flares at their local OPP detachment between August 1 to 8, 2009," said OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander responsible for Traffic and Marine Safety.

Protect the boating environment by taking this opportunity to safely dispose of expired marine flares. Marine flares are for use in emergencies, and need to be replaced after their expiry date.

Recreational boaters in Ontario are encouraged to:

- Check the expiry date of marine flares.

- From August 1 to 8, collect expired marine flares and drop them off at the nearest OPP detachment, as listed on the OPP website:

Boaters are reminded to always wear an approved lifejacket or personal flotation device.

OPP's Marine Programs Officers patrol Ontario waters and may check on-board safety equipment. For more information about on-board vessel safety equipment requirements, including marine flares, please visit Transport Canada's Office of Boating website:

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Contact Information

  • Sergeant Dave Moffatt
    Provincial Marine Coordinator
    Ontario Provincial Police
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
    John Baird, Ottawa