ACT’s History

The ACT Foundation is founded: a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by promoting pre-hospital emergency care in Canada.
ACT hosts the first, second, and third National Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competitions in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, respectively, to promote the need for paramedics across Canada.
ACT launches “CPR Saves Lives,” a national campaign directed at cardiologists and family physicians, engaging them in promoting citizen CPR training.
ACT brings its “Learn CPR” message into the homes of millions of Canadians through “Julie,” its multiple award-winning national TV and print campaign about a 12-year-old girl who saved her father’s life with CPR.
ACT’s public advocacy campaign for paramedics in Ontario (Action Paramedic), focusing on Ottawa as a watershed, results in a $22 million commitment by the Ontario government for the establishment of a multi-centered paramedic program involving 11 sites around the province.
The ACT High School CPR Program is piloted in Ottawa–evaluation results position CPR as one of the most popular components of health in the physical education and health curriculum.
ACT High School CPR Program successful pilots in Montreal and Toronto lead to program expansion.
The Government of Ontario inserts CPR into the Grade 9 curriculum based on the success of the ACT program pilots.
ACT partners with multiple provincial governments to expand the CPR program to high schools
The Government of Alberta inserts CPR into the Grade 10 curriculum.
The Government of Manitoba inserts CPR into the Grade 10 curriculum.
ACT wins Imagine Canada’s “New Spirit of Community Partnership” Award.
ACT begins enhancement of the High School CPR Program with defibrillator training component and AEDs for high schools.
ACT announces 1.4 million Canadian high school students trained in CPR.
The ACT Foundation founder and Executive Director Sandra Clarke M.S. and National Medical Director Justin Maloney M.S. received the Governor General Meritorious Service Cross award for empowering high school students with life-saving skills through the ACT High School CPR and AED Program.

2.6 million youth have been trained to date through high school program.1,640 high schools across Canada.

310,000 students are trained by their high school teachers each year.

ACT has donated over 50,000 mannequins to schools.

More than 6,000 teachers have been trained as CPR Instructors for their students to date.

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