SAR Partners

Working with CASARA

CASARA works closely with other search and rescue organizations to provide swift and efficient assistance to people who are lost or in distress. We are proud to partner with and provide assistance to the following groups:

Royal Canadian Air Force

The Royal Canadian Air Force operates three Joint Rescue Coordination Centres (JRCC). Based in Halifax, Trenton and Victoria. The centres coordinate search and rescue response for incidents involving aircraft or those involving vessels in federal or international waters.

The RCAF also operates Search and Rescue (SAR) Squadrons to cover their SAR mandate. These squadrons are located in Comox, BC (442 Sq), Winnipeg, MB (435 Sq), Trenton, ON (424 Sq), Greenwood, NS (413 Sq) and Gander, NL (103 Sq) as primary SAR resources. They can also call upon any of the CF’s resources for secondary resources to assist in completing a SAR tasking.


Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centres (JRCC’s)

A Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or JRCC is a special type of Rescue Coordination Centre that is operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in conjunction with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). There are three centres in Canada that are located in Victoria, British Columbia Trenton, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Northern Air Transport Association

The Northern Air Transport Association represents northern air carriers in aviation related activities affecting transportation in Northern Canada.  They establish and maintain partnerships within industry, governments and other interested parties. CASARA has entered into an agreement to use their members’ aircraft for expanding the SAR Programme in the Arctic.


Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard – an agency for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada – protects our marine environments and ensures public safety on the water. It ensures safety and accessibility on our oceans and waterways.

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer group that provides search and rescue assistance to the Coast Guard and National Defence. The Auxiliary is a major player in Canada’s national search and rescue network, responding to thousands of marine SAR incidents each year.


OPP, QPP and Municipal Police forces

The Ontario and Quebec provincial police forces respond to ground and inland water SAR incidents in their respective areas of jurisdiction. They, along with municipal police forces, often call upon volunteer organizations like CASARA for assistance.


The RCMP is Canada’s national police force, dedicated to enforcing law and preserving public safety. Its search and rescue division calls upon CASARA for assistance with ground and inland water search and rescue.


Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) is a not-for-profit national organization that supports ground search and rescue volunteers. It coordinates and implements ground search, rescue and emergency response efforts for their provinces or territories.