Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund - Call for Proposals 2020-2021

The intent of the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Funds (SAR NIF) is to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and innovation of search and rescue activities as it relates to the response and prevention objectives of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP). Potential applicants must contact one of the federal, provincial or territorial Search and Rescue (SAR) partners to initiate interest in the program and develop proposals that address program and partner priorities.

The annual SAR NIF budget is $7.6M. With multi-year projects ongoing the availability of funds for new projects will vary from year to year. In order to be considered for funding, each proposal must meet at least one of the annual priorities of the National Search and Rescue Program (NSP) as listed below.

Priority 1

Strengthen the National Coordination of Search and Rescue

In Canada, search and rescue (SAR) is a shared responsibility amongst a wide-raging list of partners throughout several jurisdictions across Canada. Innovative measures that promote or advance coordination and response capabilities across multiple jurisdictions are crucial to ensuring integrated coordination as well as long-term sustainment of a world-class SAR system.

The 2020-21 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider 'provincial or territorial level projects' that meet one or more of the following:

Priority 2

Emphasize and Effectively Coordinate SAR Prevention Efforts

In order to save lives, reduce pain and suffering, and minimize the economic and social burden associated with responding to SAR incidents, a renewed focus on prevention is necessary. The sought- after outcomes should aim to reduce the frequency, and mitigate the duration and severity of SAR incidents by altering behaviour, promoting timely alerting, and increasing the potential of survivability.

The 2020-21 SAR NIF call for proposals will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

Priority 3

SAR in Indigenous Communities

An inclusive national governance construct for the SAR community is critical to the long-term, sustainability of Canada's SAR system. Recent efforts by Public Safety Canada to strengthen the national governance construct for Canada's SAR community involve the establishment of the whole-of-community National Search and Rescue Advisory Council, inclusive of several Indigenous organizations.

In order to build on recent advancements, it's important to maintain a focus on the unique challenge of SAR in remote locations, as well as to ensure that groups responsible for SAR activities in Indigenous communities across the country continue to have a voice.

The 2020-21 SAR NIF call for proposal will consider projects that meet one or more of the following:

Eligible recipients

The eligible recipients of the Program include the provincial and territorial governments, profit and not-for-profit Canadian organizations and associations from volunteer, academic or private sectors, and individuals.


A scan signed version of the completed application as well as the completed Word version must be received electronically no later than Friday, September 27, 2019. Details of the application process and eligibility criteria are available in the SAR NIF Application Guide.

Please contact the PS SAR NIF team

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