Canadian Lifeboat Institution

Canadian Lifeboat Institution

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Welcome to the Canadian Lifeboat Institution's Volunteer Rescue site. This is a restricted access - non-public site. 

In operation since 1981, the Canadian Lifeboat Institution is a volunteer, not-for-profit, nationally registered charitable marine Search and Rescue organisation dedicated to saving lives and property at sea. Its members and lifeboat crews, from all walks of life, are volunteers concerned about marine safety and rescue. The CLI is not directly funded by the government but relies entirely on personal and corporate donations, as well as community and other grants.

If you have reached this site and want information on becoming a crew member, please use the 'Contact' link on the top right and send us a message.

Please also visit our public site at


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  1. To organise and operate a marine volunteer search and rescue group in the lower mainland region of British Columbia. 
  2. To train and arrange for training of volunteers in marine search and rescue operations.
  3. To provide support and assistance to other organisations with similar purposes.
  4. To organise and conduct actual searches and rescue operations or provide marine services as may from time to time be required.
  5. To provide comprehensive reporting.
  6. To provide a crew management system.


NOTICE: New Fraser Health COVID-19 restrictions are in effect starting 19 Nov 2020 midnight - 05 Feb 2021 midnight. As the covid situation continues to worsen, all CLI crew must understand that there is no pressure on them to attend on-water or dockside training; however, as RCM-SAR is continuing on-water training in order to maintain critical skills, CLI also wishes to balance ongoing training with personal safety.  Lifeboat training will be organized and monitored to enhance safety procedures; members are encouraged to state any concerns that may arise - COVID procedures apply. The CLI is still available for emergency call-outs.

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Geographical area


Based in Steveston BC and Ladner BC on the Fraser River, our vessels can service a large area of the west coast. Not only are we are able to serve the communities of Richmond, Delta, Surrey, New Westminster, and Vancouver; but many others as well. These include the Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, and US waters as required.



This web site has been created by and is provided by VolunteerRescue of SKRPC Holdings Inc., Fernie, BC, Canada.