How to Donate

Every year, 500 Canadians die in water-related incidents, most of which can be prevented. In Canada, drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury deaths among children 1-4 years of age, and the 2nd leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death for Canadians under 60 years of age.

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Donate Now 2023

Make a donation online to the Lifesaving Society by clicking the Donate Now button. A new window will open where you have options to direct your donation to specific funds or causes.

If you would prefer to donate by another method, see the contact information located at the bottom of this page.

Thank you - your contribution will help save lives!

How you can support drowning prevention

Our annual Water Smart® public education campaign targets high-risk groups with Water Smart messages delivered through the media, print and electronic communications, community action, special events, and special programs like Swim to Survive®. This education is funded exclusively through:

What we do

The Lifesaving Society works to prevent drowning and water-related injury through its training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. Each year in Canada, over 1.2 million Canadians participate in the Society's swimming, lifesaving, lifeguard and leadership courses.

The Lifesaving Society is a national volunteer organization and a registered charity composed of ten provincial/territorial branches, tens of thousands of individual members and over 4,000 affiliated swimming pools, waterfronts and schools. The Society has been educating Canadians to save themselves and others since the first Lifesaving Bronze Medallion was earned in 1896. We are Canada's lifeguarding experts.

Tax receipts

When you donate online, a tax receipt is issued automatically. If you donate by another method, tax receipts are only issued for donations of $20 or more. Our most recent Annual Report provides more information on the Society's recent fundraising initiatives.

Contact us

For more information, please email


or call 416-490-8844, fax 416-490-8766.

Our mailing address is:

Lifesaving Society
400 Consumers Road
Toronto, Ontario M2J 1P8