Introduction

It's Time We Make A Difference

Drowning is a preventable public health problem. It is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, and a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality in Canada. On average, approximately 450 people fatally drown in Canada each year, and even more suffer a non-fatal drowning incident; often resulting in long-term consequences.


The Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition was formed in response to the call to action from the World Health Organization’s 2014 report. Drowning is a multisectoral issue that requires partnership among all stake holders. The purpose of the Coalition is to establish and implement a long-term multis ectoral plan to reduce drowning in Canada. Drowning threatens all populations, but the risks parallel many social determinants of health, disproportionally affecting Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, the elderly, and rural populations. Fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents impact not only the individual, but families and entire communities.


The physical and monetary costs of drowning in Canada costs Canadians $187 million. This figure is the result of 369 deaths, 247 hospitalizations, 1,251 emergency room visits, 37 permanent partial disabilities, 4 total disabilities; and over $175 million dollars in indirect costs. (per Parachute. The cost of injury in Canada. Parachute; 2015)

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