McGuinty Government Supports Cpr Training In Schools
Working Together To Bring CPR To Every High School
OTTAWA -- Giving every high school student the opportunity to learn the life-saving skills of CPR is another step in the government's plan for a healthier Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
Premier McGuinty announced $650,000 to support the work of the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation -- a not-for-profit organization that works with communities to establish CPR programs in all Ontario high schools.
When a bystander administers CPR, the chances of survival from heart attack can increase about three-fold. Both the medical community and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care have highlighted the need for increased CPR training in the province.
"This is an important investment that could someday save the life of a friend, a family member or any member of the community," said Premier McGuinty. "By teaching these valuable skills to students, we're increasing the capacity for responding to health emergencies before victims reach the hospital."
To date, the ACT Foundation has helped establish CPR programs in over half of all Ontario high schools through partnerships with communities and businesses.
The one-time funding announced today will help the foundation reach smaller communities who may be unable to raise enough funds for a CPR program.
Premier McGuinty was speaking at Hillcrest High School in Ottawa, highlighting the importance of this program to the health of Ontarians.
"Every high school student in Ontario will now have the opportunity to learn CPR," said Premier McGuinty. "This will contribute to the health of our citizens, communities and our province for years to come."