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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...

GSAR-NACP: Legacy National Certification

We’re proud to officially roll-out the Legacy National Certification as part of our Ground Search and Rescue - National Accreditation and Certif...

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Searcher Training Coursework for members of the Innu Nation

We are proud to share coursework provided by the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association (NLSARA) who have worked hard to offer Se...

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Revitalization to Enhance All Hazards Response Project

The Search and Rescue Association of Alberta hosted SARVAC at its quarterly Stakeholder Committee meeting on September 29th in support of the ...

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Phase of Clean-Up and Recovery in Atlantic Canada: Hurricane Fiona

GSAR teams across Atlantic Canada are prepared to continue providing support. Currently, Prince Edward Island Ground Search and Rescue, Nova S...

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Humanitarian Workforce Project – Phase 2 Update

On May 16, 2022, Public Safety Canada advised SARVAC that a submission for Phase 2 “Supporting a  Humanitarian Workforce to Respond to COVID-19...

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Guidelines for SARVAC AdventureSmart Stipend

The AdventureSmart Stipend is back! The purpose behind the stipend is to help offset minor travel and meal costs when delivering AdventureSmar...

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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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