AED Program

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The Canadian government has committed $10 million in funding for a four-year initiative to place life-saving defibrillators in hockey arenas and community recreation centres across Canada, including funds to train Canadians how to use them in an emergency.

There are 2,000 defibrillators available to be placed across Canada and resources available to train 20,000 Canadians on how to use the device.

Funding is being released in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Includes arenas that do not currently have an AED. Applications November 1, 2013 - March 1, 2014.
  • Phase 2: Includes arenas that have an AED older than 5 years, arenas that have three or more ice surfaces or an AED that is greater than 25 metres from the ice surface, and arenas that have an AED but require staff training or re-training. Applications November 1, 2013 – March 1, 2015.
  • Phase 3: Recreation Facilities that do not have an AED. Applications April 1, 2015 – March 1, 2016.

Lifesaving Society CPR/AED instructors are encouraged to work with accepted sites to deliver training for this initiative. The Lifesaving Society encourages all accepted sites to pursue training that includes CPR/AED certification.

Visit for more information on the national AED initiative and to apply.

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