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

Posted on December 1, 2023 at 18:39 in General News

This enactment amends subsection of the Income Tax Act in order to increase the amount of the tax credits for volunteer firefighting and search and rescue volunteer services from $3,000 to $10,000. Ground Search and Rescue volunteers across Canada continue to believe that an increase in the volunteer tax credit would continue to help offset […]

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CSA Z1620 and Z1625 Core Competency Draft Standards Update

Posted on November 24, 2023 at 14:33 in General News

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 CSA’s Public Review Website. These Standards provide core competency and training curriculum requirements for Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) operations for the three core roles of Searcher, Team Leader, and […]

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NSS Now Accepting SARN NIF Funding Proposals for 2024-2025

Posted on November 3, 2023 at 17:18 in General News

The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) is NOW accepting funding proposals under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR NIF) for 2024-2025. Public Safety Canada invites eligible applicants to submit applications for projects that support the updated annual priority initiatives. This year, there are new Search and Rescue priorities and info sessions available […]

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

Posted on September 12, 2023 at 16:56 in General News

“The emergency management community plays an essential role in the safety and security of Canadians every day. They work selflessly to save lives, to protect our property and our environment, and to build resilience in our communities” –Public Safety Canada The Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award continues to be a prestigious recognition awarded by Public […]

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Posted on September 7, 2023 at 16:02 in General News

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 Sunshine Park’s outdoor recreational facility hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Search and Rescue Association (NLSARA) from September 14-17, 2023, in St. John’s, NL! We are proud to support the largest […]

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Posted on July 11, 2023 at 18:35 in General News

“When emergencies strike, local organizations and community volunteers are often among the first on the scene and provide vital support—from assisting with evacuation efforts, to opening shelters and providing food, clothing, and compassion to those with nowhere else to go.” –The Honorable Minister of Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair Earlier today the Search and Rescue Volunteer […]

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How willing would you be to respond to a call for emergency assistance?

Posted on June 13, 2023 at 12:57 in General News

What if answering that call meant helping individuals outside of your own community, or across the country? We’ve mentioned before how we believe in volunteers who amplify the capacity of, and provide surge capacity to, search and rescue (SAR) authorities in difficult and austere environments across Canada as a result of the increase in frequency […]

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Emergency Preparedness Week Toolkit

Posted on May 3, 2023 at 15:48 in General News

May 7-13, 2023 This year we are back to take an active role in helping build a culture of preparedness in Canada and Emergency Preparedness Week with this year’s theme: “Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.” While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, We believe that every Ground Search and Rescue […]

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National Volunteer Week – Volunteering Weaves Us Together

Posted on April 17, 2023 at 15:38 in General News

Let’s celebrate our individual and collective actions in creating a strong, interconnected and vibrant SAR community here in Canada! Being a GSAR volunteer weaves us together, strengthening the fabric of our community by sharing our time, talent and energy to support one another. A message from our President: “On behalf of SARVAC I’d like to […]

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)|VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

Posted on March 10, 2023 at 15:33 in General News

Welcome home to SARVAC President Janelle Coultes who participated in the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean held in Punta del Este, Uruguay last week from February 28th to March 2nd.  The VIII Regional Platform represents an opportunity for governments, intergovernmental […]

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