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About SARVAC

The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a registered not-for-profit and educational organization that supports, coordinates, develops, informs, promotes and implements CSA-approved search and rescue emergency response with the underlying principle of saving lives. Read more...

Are you a Search and Rescue Volunteer in Canada?

Did you know that you can provide input into critical research on post-traumatic stress injuries for the SAR community that will help determine th...

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BILL C-310: An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (volunteer firefighting and search and rescue volunteer tax credit). 

This enactment amends subsection of the Income Tax Act in order to increase the amount of the tax credits for volunteer firefighting and search an...

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CSA Z1620 and Z1625 Core Competency Draft Standards Update

Please be advised that the updated CSA Z1620 and Z1625 Core Competency and Curriculum Draft Standards have been posted for 60 day Public Review on...

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NSS Now Accepting SARN NIF Funding Proposals for 2024-2025

The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) is NOW accepting funding proposals under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF) for...

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Government of Canada recognition of 2022 Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award Recipients

“The emergency management community plays an essential role in the safety and security of Canadians every day. They work selfl...

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COUNTDOWN TO SARSCENE 2023

Today marks the ONE week countdown to the start of SARscene 2023 and official kick-off with the SAR games next Thursday, at the Rotary S...

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300

SAR Teams in Canada

9,000

Volunteers

300,000

Training, Admin, and Prevention Hours Annually

300,000

Person-Hours on Searches Annually

SARVAC Associations

SARVAC and CSA

SARVAC and CSA continue to collaborate on the development of the Core Curriculum for GSAR in Canada.

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Get Informed & Go Outdoors

A national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to "Get informed and go outdoors".

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SAR Volunteer Tax Credit

SARVAC has prepared Guidelines to assist in making claims for the Federal Tax Credit for GSAR Volunteers.

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