The Canadian Lifeboat Institution has been in operation since 1981.
The mission of the Canadian Lifeboat Institution is Saving Lives at Sea.
The objectives of the Canadian Lifeboat Institution are to:
-Supplement local, community, provincial, and national efforts directed to the preservation of life and property and, in particular, providing equipment, and volunteers for marine safety, search and rescue services.
-Assist with the promotion of safe boating practices through accident prevention and safety education programs.
What is the Canadian Lifeboat Institution?
The Canadian Lifeboat Institution has been in operation since 1981. During that time members have participated in over 4000 incidents, working in close cooperation with other search and rescue organizations.
The Canadian Lifeboat Institution is a volunteer, not-for-profit, nationally registered charitable marine Search and Rescue organization dedicated to saving lives and property at sea. Its members and lifeboat crews, from all walks of life, are volunteers concerned about marine safety and rescue. The CLI is not directly funded by government, but relies entirely on personal and corporate donations, as well as community and other grants.
The Canadian Lifeboat Institution does not attempt to replace the Canadian Coast Guard or its Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR). We provide vessels and trained crews to assist these, and other organisations, to save those in peril on the waters of Canada.
We’re following a very successful model, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which was founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary. When called upon, the RNLI, on a volunteer basis, provides day and night lifeboat services required for search and rescue. Their service area extends up to 50 miles from the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The Canadian Lifeboat Institution is a member of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), which brings the world’s maritime search and rescue organisations together in one global – and growing – family, accredited at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).