Why does preventing injury matter?

Enough is enough

Preventable injuries kill more Canadian children than any single disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.

Each year in Canada, preventable injuries cause:

  • 16,000 deaths
  • more than 60,000 disabilities
  • 3.5 million emergency room visits
  • $27 billion lost to the Canadian economy

and worst of all, 1 child dies every 9 hours.

It’s easier than you think – Parachute is leading the way

Parachute is a charitable organization helping Canadians stop the clock on predictable and preventable injuries.

We want Canadians to live long lives to the fullest

Prevention is about education, knowledge and empowerment. Parachute is leading, inspiring and mobilizing Canadians of all ages.  We are creating a movement and building awareness and understanding of the issue of injury, to keep Canadians safe at home, on the road, at work, and at play.

Parachute is a national, charitable organization, formed in July 2012, which unites the former organizations of Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada into one strong leader in injury prevention. This passionate, unified voice leverages 80 years of combined injury-prevention experience and we cannot be underestimated in our resolve and capacity to effect change.

Our focus is on motor vehicle collisions, sports and recreation, and seniors’ falls

  • While young people make up only 13% of licensed drivers, they account for one-quarter of all road-related injuries and fatalities
  • 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 to 14 occur during sports
  • 85% of hospitalizations of Canadian seniors are on account of a fall

We can change the statistics and save lives.

Unlike curing a deadly disease, the solutions are simple. We have the power. We have the knowledge.  We have the resources. We have the vision.

Join Parachute and create an injury-free Canada.

Parachute is about prevention and helping Canadians live long lives to the fullest.

Parachute is dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives. A national charity, Parachute officially formed in July 2012, when the former Safe Communities Canada, Safe Kids Canada, SMARTRISK and ThinkFirst Canada joined together to become one leader in injury prevention. Parachute’s injury prevention solutions, knowledge mobilization, public policy, and social awareness efforts are designed to help keep Canadians safe.  Parachute’s vision is an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.

Together we can Stop the Clock on preventable injuries

Parachute’s Horizon is the first stop for evidence based information on injury prevention in Canada. It is our hope that you will find what you are looking for and share it. This will help to spread the word about Parachute and our vision to create an injury-free Canada.

Feel free to download and use the resources below:

An overview of Parachute and preventable injuries

Why prevention makes cents – a partnership with lifesaving results

The economic burden of injury and Parachute’s policy priorities


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