Search and Rescue New Initiatives Funds
Call for Proposals

The next call for proposals for the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Funds will be in 2023.

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.

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 identified by the SAR community 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-ranging 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 the long-term sustainability of a world-class SAR system.

The 2022-2023 SAR NIF call for proposals considered projects that met 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.

As part of this priority, the 2022-2023 SAR NIF call for proposals considered projects that met 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 2022-2023 SAR NIF call for proposals considered projects that met one or more of the following:

Eligible recipients

Provincial and territorial governments, for profit and not-for-profit Canadian organizations and volunteer associations, and academia are eligible to apply to SAR NIF.


The Application Form is online and its use is required. Applicants' can use it to upload work plans, budgets, and, if applicable, equipment lists.

Details of the application process and eligibility criteria are available in the SAR NIF Application Guide.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or have accessibility concerns with the online application form, please contact the SAR NIF team for assistance or to obtain an alternate format.

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