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New Canadians at higher risk of drowning

A study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society, a charitable organization working to prevent drowning, shows that new Canadians – particularly those who have been living in Canada for less than five years – are at higher risk for drowning when boating and swimming.

Despite plans by 79 per cent of new Canadians to be in and around water this summer, they are four times more likely to be unable to swim than those born in Canada.

As Canada’s most ethnically diverse municipality, Markham, Ontario, took action last year to help new Canadians of all ages receive water safety information and education to reduce the risk of drowning.

Posted: Apr 30, 2011

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