In 2002, the Canadian Safe Boating Council struck a Lifejacket/Personal Floatation Device (PFD) Taskforce to examine the advisability of advocating for legislation concerning mandatory PFD use for recreational boater in small craft. In October 2002, the taskforce contracted SMARTRISK, a national injury prevention organization, to develop a background research paper summarizing the best available evidence pertaining to mandatory lifejacket/PFD use. This background research paper would then be used to inform a position paper on the topic of mandatory PFD wear legislation by the taskforce.

The PFD Task Force "Tool Box" section below contains files that are used in presentations relating to the background research paper "Will it Float" on mandatory PFD wear prepared by SmartRisk for the CSBC.

For those of you giving presentations on behalf of the PFD Task Force you will find these tools invaluable.

For those of you who have attended a presentation or wish to have a presentation you will find all the background material and "tools" available.

If you wish a presentation for your group or organization or just want more information please contact the Chair of the PFD Task Force, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Click below to read the Will it Float Study

Power Point Presentations:

Word Documents:

5 Key Steps to Safer Boating

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Wear Your Lifejacket

Legally you must carry one on board, appropriately sized for each passenger. But don’t just carry it, WEAR IT.

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Boat Sober

Boating under the influence of alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription narcotics, is illegal, irresponsible and potentially deadly. Leave any such substances until you return to the dock.

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Take a Boating Course

The law now requires that anyone driving a motorized boat must have a pleasure-craft operator card. It’s for your own safety and that of your passengers. Don’t get caught without one. Take a course and get your license!

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Prepare Your Vessel

Ensure your boat has all the required safety gear and sufficient fuel. Be sure the weather is suitable for your vessel’s capabilities.

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Be Cold Water Safe

Cold water is a significant risk. Learn how to protect yourself.