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Harper government strengthens commitment to boating safety

July 13, 2012

OTTAWA, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced additional
funding for the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program. The renewed
program, now called the Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP), will continue to provide financial contributions to
organizations that promote boating safety in Canada and will increase
in 2014 to support more initiatives across the country.

“We are increasing our commitment to boating safety,” said Minister
Lebel. “Each year, boating accidents cause deaths and injuries and our
government is working to prevent these unnecessary tragedies.”

In addition, Minister Lebel announced the call for proposals under the
BSCP for education and awareness projects that promote safe boating
practices during the 2013 boating season. Applications for next year’s
projects will be accepted until November 1, 2012.

“By increasing funding for not-for-profit and public safety
organizations, local governments and other institutions, we are
enabling those best positioned in our communities to deliver effective
programs that help make Canadian waters safer,” added Minister Lebel.

The Government of Canada will provide up to $500,000 in contribution
funding for projects that will take place in fiscal year 2013-2014 and
up to $975,000 annually starting in fiscal year 2014-2015.

The Boating Safety Contribution Program aims to:

        --  Reduce loss of life, injuries and property damage due to
            boating accidents;
        --  Increase the number of pleasure craft operators who follow safe
            boating practices; and
        --  Improve the availability of national boating incident data to
            enhance evidence-based awareness and education initiatives.

For more details about the program, the application process and deadline
for submissions, please visit: www.tc.gc.ca/bscp.

SOURCE Transport Canada

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