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Study reveals new Canadians at higher risk of drowning

Markham, a municipality of more than 300,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto Area, is taking action on the results from a new study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society, a charitable organization working to prevent drowning. The study 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 is taking action to help new Canadians of all ages receive water safety information and education to reduce the risk of drowning. The Swim to Survive program is normally available only to grade three children.

The following evening Recreation swim times will be offered FREE of charge to residents of all ages:

LocationTime
Angus Glen C.C.Fridays 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Centennial C.C.Fridays 7 – 9 p.m.
Milliken Mills C.C.Fridays 7 – 9 p.m.
Thornlea PoolSaturdays 6 – 7:30 p.m.
(only available to August 20)
Morgan PoolFridays 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Rouge River C.C.Fridays 6:30 – 8 p.m.


Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and home to many of Canada’s leading life science and technology businesses. It is renowned for a rich heritage, vibrant neighbourhoods, and leadership on the environment and urban design.

To learn more about the new study commissioned by the Lifesaving Society and the Markham Swim to Survive water safety program, please visit the Markham website at www.markham.ca.

Posted: Jul 25, 2010

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