Government of Canada supports search and rescue volunteers with new tax credit

The search and rescue volunteers tax credit will be available to search and rescue volunteers who perform at least 200 hours of eligible service during a year, and provides up to $ 450 in tax savings for these dedicated individuals as they serve their communities. The new tax credit builds on the Government’s record of tax relief and the introduction of the volunteer firefighters tax credit in EAP 2011.

Quick facts

  • In Canada, search and rescue is a shared responsibility among federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal organizations, as well as ground, air, and marine volunteer search and rescue organizations. 
  • There are approximately 85,000 volunteer firefighters in Canada. The hours volunteered for search and rescue along with firefighter activities can be combined.
  • There are three key national search and rescue associations that help to support and guide Canada’s volunteer search and rescue community. Together, they represent some 18,000 volunteers across the country.
    • The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association is a Canada-wide volunteer association dedicated to the promotion of aviation safety, and to the provision of air search support services to Canada’s National search and rescue Program.
    • The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a Canada-wide volunteer association dedicated to maritime search and rescue and the promotion of boating safety, and provides assistance to the Canadian Coast Guard in maritime search and rescue.
    • The Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada was established by the provincial and territorial associations to provide a national voice for ground search and rescue volunteers in Canada. It aims to address issues of common concern and to develop consistency and promote standardization or portability of programs and volunteers across the country. Including the volunteer firefighter tax credit, over 100,000 volunteers will benefit from the credits.