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e-2466 (Transportation)

Initiated by Cara McNulty from Stittsville, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Transport

  • Boating accounts for more than one-third of immersion/drowning deaths in Canada, and has been the most frequent activity among 10,000 immersion/drowning deaths during the past two decades;
  • Not wearing a lifejacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is the number one reason for drownings in boating related fatalities in all age categories above 0-4;
  • The Small Vessel Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act only require that a proper sized PFD for each passenger be on board a vessel;
  • Wearing a lifejacket/PFD is not a requirement, not even for children, and this regulation does little to protect Canada’s children on our nation’s lakes, rivers and oceans; and
  • Canada is significantly behind the United States and other Western jurisdictions that have mandatory wear laws and regulations in place.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Transport to amend the Small Vessel Regulations to make it mandatory for children under the age of 14 to wear a lifejacket/PFD while passengers in (or drivers of) small vessels covered under Parts 2,3 and 4 of the regulation.
Open for signature
March 13, 2020, at 5:02 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 12, 2020, at 5:02 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Pierre Poilievre (Carleton)
May 13, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00186)
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Liberal Caucus
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