Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan was formally released at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 17-19, 2017.

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan was developed as one of the four supporting strategies outlined in the World Health Organization’s: Preventing drowning: an implementation guide (May 2017), which was developed in response to the World Health Organization’s: Global Report on Drowning: Preventing a Leading Killer (2014). The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition, tasked with developing the Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan, was formed in response to a call to action from the World Health Organization’s report.

The aspirational long-term goal of the plan is for zero drowning deaths in Canada in 50+ years. The plan is dynamic and will reflect the progress of data, actions, and outcomes in key focus areas for drowning prevention.


Drowning Research

The Lifesaving Society conducts drowning research to support its work in the prevention of water-related injuries and fatalities. Ongoing research and analysis support the Society’s evidence-based water-rescue training and Water Smart® drowning prevention education. The information also provides an educational tool and information base for the Society’s affiliate members, governments, other organizations and the general public.

Conducting annual drowning research enables the Society to focus its Water Smart® drowning prevention efforts on people most at risk (like men fishing in small boats) or those who can make a significant difference (such as parents of young children).

We gratefully acknowledge the support, co-operation and efforts of:

  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Alberta
  • The Office of the Chief Coroner of the Northwest Territories 
  • The Drowning Prevention Research Centre Canada