Canadian Lifeboat Institution

Canadian Lifeboat Institution

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

In operation since 1981 and celebrating our 40th anniversary (1981-2021), the Canadian Lifeboat Institution is a volunteer, not-for-profit, nationally registered charitable marine Search and Rescue organization 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 organize and operate a marine volunteer search and rescue group in the lower mainland region of British Columbia. 
  2. To train and arrange for the training of volunteers in marine search and rescue operations.
  3. To provide support and assistance to other organizations with similar purposes.
  4. To organize 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: The Province has ended the state of emergency for COVID-19 and is in phase 3 reopening; however, we are in a 4th wave with the highly transmissible 'Delta' variant. As of 22 Nov 2021, the crew must wear a mask inside both boats. Attending crews must each have 2 vaccination shots, bring their BC vaccine passport or Transport Canada vaccine passport card, and COVID safety procedures are in effect. The CLI is also 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.



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