Public Education

Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan

On average, approximately 500 people fatally drown in Canada each year, and even more suffer a non-fatal drowning incident; often resulting in long-term consequences.

In 2014, the World Health Organization released the Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer. The goal of that report was to galvanize attention for the drowning issue by highlighting how preventable drowning is, and how collaboration across sectors can save lives.

The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition was formed in response to the call to action from the World Health Organization’s report and has published the first edition of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Plan.