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Parachute Program Information

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Parachute - Preventing Injuries. Saving Lives.


Parachute offers many programs across Canada that are designed to help people reduce their risks of injury while enjoying long lives lived to the fullest. Please visit our programs section to find out more about these programs and about how you can get involved.

 Brain Day

 is a free, informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in grades 4 to 6. Trained volunteers with an understanding and passion for injury prevention bring the hands-on program, which includes activity booklets, helmet fitting tips, and Jello Brains, to classrooms cross Canada. Our Brain Day program is now available as a kit. To receive a free online kit for your community, please complete the order form

Is It Worth It? 

The Is It Worth It? Teen Driver Safety Campaign aims to prevent injury and save lives by reducing distracted, impaired and aggressive driving. High school students spread the news in their schools on smart decision-making behind the wheel. he multimedia competition is a great opportunity for youth to create thought provoking and impactful public service announcements. The competition is open to all secondary school students across the country. Students are encouraged to create a short public service announcement (maximum 180 seconds) in any creative format (traditional film, claymation, animation, etc.) for a chance to win cash prizes totaling over $2,000. The 2014 contest is now closed; please stay tuned for 2015 contest details. 

key messages               Is It Worth It? microsite

No Regrets 

No Regrets targets Canadian youth across the board and inspires them to become leaders in injury prevention in their communities. While we continue to promote the program directly to high schools, we have also welcome a wide variety of new potential participants in universities, colleges, youth groups, sports teams/organizations, etc. The five key messages (Buckle Up, Look First, Wear the Gear, Get Trained, and Drive Sober) and influence the risk-taking behaviour of students related to activities such as: driving, biking, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and partying. No Regrets website

  • No Regrets Live -  No Regrets Live is an internationally acclaimed presentation that encourages young people to choose to take smart risks. The goal is to help youth see the risks in their everyday lives and to take those risks in the smartest ways possible so they can enjoy a long life lived to the fullest. No Regrets Live combines a DVD presentation with a live talk given by an injury survivor, who speaks candidly about how the injury has affected his or her life, while presenting positive choices that can be made to reduce the risk of injury. We hope that our positive and empowering approach to preventing injury will help youth make smarter decision. 


  • No Regrets Live for Parents - Parachute has developed a parent presentation, No Regrets Live for Parents, aimed at educating parents on how to talk with their teens about risk. Through video vignettes and a live parent speaker, this hour-long presentation shares information designed to help parents find the most effective ways to reach their teens with smart risk messages. The speaker who hosts the show is a parent whose child has been seriously hurt or killed by a preventable injury. The video vignettes feature monologues of teens describing their frustrations communicating with their parents about issues related to risk taking and injury, including distracted driving, partying and sport. Email Program Coordinator, Emily Driscoll for more details. 

Passport to Safety 

an online national safety test, certification and transcript program for workers. Those who complete a test receive a ‘certificate’ or ‘passport’ which acknowledges and verifies the student’s basic level of workplace health and safety knowledge. 

  • Passport to Safety Challenge for Teens (geared for those in the high school curriculum) 

  • Passport to Farm Safety 

To become a member of Passport To Safety, students must  register.  For more details, visit Passport to Safety.

#Practice Safe Text 

The #PracticeSafeText social media campaign aims to drive awareness to the issue of preventable injuries, specifically injuries & deaths resulting from texting while driving and walking. We are asking Canadians to pledge to change their behaviour when they are driving by keeping two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel, and also by leaving their phone alone when crossing the street. 

Project Gearshift  

Project Gearshift is an initiative designed to positively change the driving habits of Canadian teenagers with a key focus being National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). We are excited to announce that the third annual NTSDW will be from October 19-25. 

Safe Crossing Program 

Parachute and CN are pleased to offer a comprehensive, easy to use, national rail safety education program. Developed with key partners, the suggested activities connect rail safety to language, science, social sciences, health and physical education for children ages five to 12. see injury Prevention Lesson plans - lesson plans are available for kindergarten through Grade 6 

Public Rail Safety Week and Tips for Trains are available, as well as supplemental tip sheets on the Safe Crossing  Program site. 

Safe Kids Week 

The Safe Kids Week theme for 2015 will be cycling and is in alignment with the global Road Safety Week theme of children and road safety. This week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect children and generate action on the measures needed to address the problems. previous themes and support materials available on the site.   

Stacey Levitt Memorial Award  

Applications for this award close February 27 2015 . On Aug. 30, 1995, 18-year-old Stacey was struck and killed by a car while jogging in her Toronto neighbourhood. Her family has created this annual memorial award to help students to live life to its fullest. Please check with the site for more details.     Moment of Silence 

TD Think First for Kids 

 a school-based curriculum program for teachers and children in Grades K to 8. (see injury Prevention Lesson plans - lesson plans are available for kindergarten through Grade 8 ) Using lessons and fun activities, the program is interactive and flexible, allowing teachers to focus on specific injury risks or general prevention units to engage their students in learning how to think first before participating in their favourite activities at home, school and play. 

I Think First Contest 

Walk This Way 

Parachute, together with our sponsor FedEx Express® Canada, is pleased to offer the Walk This Way in Canada pedestrian safety program, aimed at reducing child pedestrian injuries and deaths while encouraging healthy and active living. community Tools are available for download on the website.. International Walk to School Day (IWalk) will be Oct 7, 2105 with IWalk week running from October 5 to 9 2015. Pace Car Program                Canada's Favorite Crossing Guard contest 

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